Glendale
courtesy of Special Collections Room, Glendale, California, Public Library

Glendale, Los Angeles County

Los Angeles area, Los Angeles region

opened 1914
Public library from 1914-1973
demolished, 1977

grant amount: $12,500
architectural style: Classical Revival (Type A)
architect: Paul V. Tuttle


The ladies of the Tuesday Afternoon Club started Glendale's first reading room and library in 1906, the year the town incorporated. A state traveling library was secured to bring a rotating selection of books. Early locations included a renovated pool hall and a general store, and the library continued in rented quarters even after October of the following year when the city passed an ordinance to provide tax support for the library. Carnegie funding was sought and $12,500 was granted in 1911. Architect Paul Tuttle designed the building in the Classical Revival style. The builder was T.H. Addison. The library was dedicated November 13, 1914. In 1926 an enlargement was constructed that doubled the floor space of the original Carnegie. The 1940 addition of wings to each side was a WPA project. In 1973 a new main library was constructed and the old building was demolished in 1977.


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