Los Angeles/Arroyo Seco

Los Angeles/Arroyo Seco, Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County area, Los Angeles region



opened 1914
Public library from 1914-1959
demolished, 1959

grant amount: $35,000
architectural style: Classical Revival (Type A)
architect: Frederick Ashley


The Arroyo Seco branch was completed in 1914. It was the second branch built between 1913 and 1916 with a $210,000 Carnegie grant obtained by Los Angeles in 1911 and designated for six branches. All but one included a basement assembly room and an outdoor reading area. The architect, Frederick Ashley, designed the building in the Classical Revival style. The Arroyo Seco branch can be traced back through the old Garvanza and Highland Park branches to the Stimson Memorial Library at Occidental College. The building was demolished in 1959 and the new Arroyo Seco branch built on the same site.