Vernon
courtesy of Security Pacific Collection, Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles/Vernon, Los Angeles County

Los Angeles County area, Los Angeles County region

opened 1915
Public library from 1915-1974
demolished, 1974

grant amount: $35,000
architectural style: Classical Revival (Type A)
architect: Charles H. Kysor & Charles H. Biggar


The Vernon branch, completed in 1915, was one of six Los Angeles branch libraries constructed between 1913 and 1916 with a $210,000 Carnegie grant obtained in 1911 specifically for the construction of branch libraries. All but one included a basement assembly room and an outdoor reading area. The architects Kysor and Biggar designed the building in the Classical Revival style. The Vernon open air reading room could be converted into a closed room by means of a sliding sash. The Vernon branch dates to a 1901 library delivery station maintained by citizens of the neighborhood. The building was demolished in 1974.


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