Charles Santore/Southwark Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00482
Title: Charles Santore/Southwark Branch
Additional Title: Architect's rendering for the new Southwark Branch, ca. 1960
Historic Street Address: 932 South 7th Street
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

The original Southwark Branch opened in 1912, and was the 13th Andrew Carnegie-funded Free Library branch. Located at 5th & Ellswoth Streets, on a smaller lot than a typical Carnegie library, it eventually became inadequate for the needs of the community.

This image is a copy of the architect's ca. 1960 rendering for a new building for the Southwark Branch, which reopened at 7th & Carpenter Streets on November 1, 1963. In 2004, it was renamed, in honor of Charles Santore, a long-time South Philadelphia leader.

The Southwark Branch, located near the Italian Market, serves the South Philadelphia communities of Bella Vista, Queen Village, and Hawthorne.

Creation Year: ca. 1960
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.155274
Geocode Latitude:39.937044

Creator Name: Lawrence S. Williams, Inc. - Photographer
Eshbach, Pullinger, Stevens & Bruder - Architect
Oakes, Earle, 1923-2011 - Artist