South Philadelphia Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00468
Title: South Philadelphia Branch
Additional Title: Exterior view of the South Philadelphia Branch, ca. 1966
Historic Street Address: 1700 South Broad Street
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 In 1914, the South Philadelphia Branch opened in an Andrew Carnegie-funded building at Broad and Ritner Streets. In 1965, the branch relocated to Broad & Morris Streets.  This ca. 1966 exterior head-on view of the new building shows the entrance from across the ample plaza. Visible are landscaping, benches, and a sculpture. 

In 2014, this building was demolished, and in 2016, in partnership with CHOP, the City of Philadelphia, and the Free Library, a new building that combines health, recreational, and literacy services was opened on the same site at Broad & Morris, becoming the South Philadelphia Health and Literacy Center, incorporating the new South Philadelphia Library branch.

The South Philadelphia Branch serves the north central area of South Philadelphia. 

Creation Year: ca. 1966
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.169120
Geocode Latitude:39.929156

Creator Name: Lawrence S. Williams, Inc. - Photographer