Queen Memorial Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00419
Title: Queen Memorial Branch
Additional Title: Interior view of the Queen Memorial Branch, 1957
Creation Date: 10/29/1957
Historic Street Address: 1313-15 Point Breeze Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 Named in honor of a Philadelphia optician, pioneer microscope-maker, and philanthropist, the James W. Queen Memorial Library was founded in 1907. It was originally housed in the Hope Presbyterian Church at 33rd & Wharton Streets; it became a branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia in December 1912.

On October 29, 1957, the Queen Memorial Branch reopened in a new location, a rented building (formerly a store) at 1313-1315 Point Breeze Avenue. This opening day overhead view highlights then-innovative string shelving from Stockholm, Sweden.

In 1995, the branch opened in its latest location, 1201 S. 23rd Street, in the Landreth Apartments for seniors.  Although located in a seniors residence, the Queen Memorial Branch serves all ages of the Point Breeze community.

Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.178618
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