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Lovett Memorial Branch

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Item No: pdcf00276
Title: Lovett Memorial Branch
Additional Title: Interior view of the Lovett Memorial Branch, mid-1920s
Historic Street Address: 6945 Germantown Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection
Notes:

 In 1887, Charlotte Lovett Bostwick built and endowed the Lovett Memorial Free Library, in memory of her brother, Thomas R. Lovett. The main building was designed by architect Ashton Tourison. In 1891, a rounded wing, designed by Robert B. Cridland, was added as a reading room.

In 1924, the library became a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. This mid-1920s interior view shows the changes made to the interior, adapted to the Free Library formula: many of the original ornate features were removed, the circulation desk was redesigned, and the stacks were reorganized to provide more space. However, some of the busts and the post-WWI Liberty Loan posters were retained.

In 1961, a much-needed new addition was opened, in turn converting the original Tourison building into a beautiful Victorian lecture hall, and the Cridland wing into staff work space.

The Lovett Memorial Branch serves the communities of East and West Mount Airy.


Geocode Latitude: Geocode Latitude:40.056465
Geocode Longitude:-75.187471