South Philadelphia Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00470
Title: South Philadelphia Branch
Additional Title: Interior 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 interior image of the South Philadelphia Branch shows the view from the entrance area, in particular the circulation desk and the lounge, as well as the bi-level layout of the building.

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