Paschalville Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00389
Title: Paschalville Branch
Additional Title: Interior view of the Paschalville Branch, 1915
Historic Street Address: 6942 Woodland Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Paschalville Branch of the Free Library was first established in 1900, in a house at the corner of 70th Street & Woodland Avenue. It was torn down in 1913, to make way for the new Andrew Carnegie-funded building, pictured here, which opened on the same site in 1915.  (During the 2-year construction phase, the branch had a temporary residence in the Sparks Building of the St. James of Kingsessing Church, one block away.)

The branch was designed by Henry C. Richards. It is the seventeenth of the 25 Carnegie libraries in Philadelphia. This interior view shows the ground floor, which consists of the main room and the children's room (which doubled as the lecture room and could seat 300). The basement originally contained the staff room, kitchen, magazine room, toilets, storage, boiler room, and coal bin.

The Paschalville Branch serves the Paschalville and Elmwood neighborhoods.

Creation Year: 1915
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.241439
Geocode Latitude:39.920590

Creator Name: Rau, William Herman, 1855-1920 - Photographer