Lillian Marrero/Lehigh Avenue Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00248
Title: Lillian Marrero/Lehigh Avenue Branch
Additional Title: Exterior view of the Lehigh Avenue Branch, ca. 1906
Historic Street Address: 601 W. Lehigh Avenue
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Lehigh Avenue Branch was the third Free Library branch that was built with funds from Andrew Carnegie.  Built on land donated by the city, it opened on November 20, 1906. This exterior view was taken around the time of its opening. The building was designed by architects G. W. and W. D. Hewitt, and was completed at a cost of $111,290.  It is a one-story structure, with a raised basement.  At the time, this white limestone and terra cotta Beaux Arts-style building was the largest library in Pennsylvania. 

The branch was saved from a planned relocation in the mid-1960s, and was instead rehabilitated in 1967. In 2005, the branch was renamed the Lillian Marrero Branch, in memory of Lillian E. Marrero-Rios, a librarian at this branch for many years. She ran a food bank in the library’s basement, which is still in operation.

The branch serves the communities of Central North Philadelphia, Fairhill, St. Edwards/Hartranft, and West Kensington.

Creation Year: ca. 1906
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.142456
Geocode Latitude:39.992764

Creator Name: Rau, William Herman, 1855-1920 - Photographer