Lovett Memorial Branch

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Item No: pdcf00289
Title: Lovett Memorial Branch
Additional Title: Exterior view of the back of the Lovett Memorial Branch, ca. 1970
Historic Street Address: 6945 Germantown Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 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.  A much-needed new addition, designed by Robert F. Bishop, was opened in 1961, in turn converting the original Tourison building into a beautiful Victorian lecture hall, and the Cridland wing into staff work space. This ca. 1970 view of the back shows the connection between the original buildings and the addition. 

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

Creation Year: ca. 1970
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Latitude:40.056465
Geocode Longitude:-75.187471

Creator Name: Fredericks, William J. - Photographer