Widener  Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00582
Title: Widener Branch
Additional Title: Interior view of the Tapestry Room, in the Widener Branch, ca. 1900
Historic Street Address: 1200 N. Broad Street
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 In 1900, the H. Josephine Widener Branch of the Free Library was opened in the Widener Mansion at Broad Street & Girard Avenue, a gift of Peter A. B. Widener, in memory of his wife. This interior view shows the ornate Tapestry Room of the mansion/library.

In 1946, the Widener Mansion was sold. The proceeds were used to buy and remodel a former bank building further north, at 2531 W. Lehigh Avenue. In 2005, the branch moved to its present location, a new glass-fronted building, three blocks away at 2808 W. Lehigh Avenue.

The Widener Branch serves the communities of North Central Philadelphia, Strawberry Mansion, and Allegheny West.

Creation Year: ca. 1900
Creator Name: Rau, William Herman, 1855-1920 - Photographer