Widener  Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00583
Title: Widener Branch
Additional Title: Exterior view of the Widener Branch, 1941
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 1941 exterior view, taken by the Museum Extension Project of the W.P.A., shows the branch from Broad Street.

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: 1941
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.159988
Geocode Latitude:39.971732

Creator Name: United States. Works Progress Administration of Pennsylvania - Photographer