Contents 1 Early history and architecture 2 Historic designations 3 Earthquake damage and renovation 4 See also 5 References 6 External links


Early history and architecture[edit] The history of the Lincoln Heights Branch began in 1900 with the establishment of a delivery station at Daly Street and Pasadena Avenue. In 1907, the Daly Street station merged with the East Main Branch to form the East Los Angeles Branch. That branch operated out of rented space at 2603 North Broadway starting in 1913.[3] In 1911, the Los Angeles Public Library received a $210,000 donation from Andrew Carnegie to build six new branch libraries, including the Lincoln Heights Branch. Plans for the new branch in Lincoln Heights were approved in 1915, with a design by Lester H. Hibbard and H.B. Cody. Hibbard and Cody based the design on the Italian Renaissance Villa, Papa Giulia near Rome.[4] Postcard from Los Angeles Public Library collections showing patrons using the outdoor reading room at the Lincoln Heights branch. The new library opened in August 1916 and was initially known as the Northeast Branch Library. The building is in the form of a quarter circle, with an extension of fourteen feet at each end. It is a combination of Italian Renaissance and Colonial styles. The end extensions are Colonial in design, and the main structure is of Italian Renaissance design.[5] One of the unusual features of the new branch was an outdoor reading garden, an arbor in which benches were placed "for those who wish to read in the open."[5] The new facility also included an auditorium with a stage and seating for 340 persons, and old English oak woodwork and shelves.[5] By 1919, the area had been renamed Lincoln Heights, and the library was designated at the Lincoln Heights Branch. A bas relief of Abraham Lincoln executed by Mrs. William Wendt was presented to the library in 1922 as a gift of the Auxiliary, B. of L.E.[3] In 1975, a community vote in the predominantly Latino area renamed the facility the "Biblioteca del Pueblo de Lincoln Heights."[6]


Historic designations[edit] Carnegie paid for a total of six libraries in Los Angeles, and only three of the Carnegie libraries remain: Lincoln Heights, Cahuenga, and Vermont Square."[4][7][8] The Lincoln Heights Branch was designated as a Historic-Cultural Monument (#261) by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in 1983.[2] In 1987, the Lincoln Heights Branch and several other branch libraries in Los Angeles were added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of a thematic group submission.[7] The application noted that the branch libraries had been constructed in a variety of period revival styles to house the initial branch library system of the City of Los Angeles. With respect to the Lincoln Heights Branch, the application described the building as being designed in the Classical Revival style with strong Beaux Arts influence. "The building's most unusual feature is its floor plan which is in the shape of a segment of a circle. ... The arched entry is centered in the middle and three series of concrete walkways with landings leading up to it. This tall one-story design features high clerestory windows which are inset between pilasters."[7]


Earthquake damage and renovation[edit] The library suffered structural damage in the 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake, and in March 1990, the branch was closed when it was determined to be out of compliance with earthquake safety requirements.[6] A $3 million renovation project was completed with re-opening of the branch in June 1996.[9] The building underwent seismic reinforcment work and was also renovated and expanded from 10,912 square feet (1,013.8 m2) to 12,912 square feet (1,199.6 m2). Carpeting and air conditioning were added, and a skylight covered for more than 50 years was uncovered and renovated, lighting the reference area. Computer workstations were also installed, and ceramic works of art by local artist Ricardo Rodriguez Duffy were placed on and above the columns.[6]


See also[edit] Los Angeles portal Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments on the East and Northeast Sides Los Angeles Public Library National Register of Historic Places listings in Los Angeles


References[edit] ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ a b Los Angeles Department of City Planning (2007-09-07). "Historic – Cultural Monuments (HCM) Listing: City Declared Monuments" (PDF). City of Los Angeles. Retrieved 2008-05-28.  ^ a b "History of Lincoln Heights Branch, 1900–1936" (PDF). Los Angeles Public Library.  ^ a b "Beautiful Italian Renaissance Edifice for East Los Angeles: Modeled After Italian Types; New Library Will Suggest Famous Villa; Carnegie Branch Structure on East Side to Incorporate Many Interesting Details, Including Circular Reading-room and Outdoor Features". Los Angeles Times. 1915-05-30.  ^ a b c "New Library's Doors to Open: Board Will Hold Reception in Unique Building; Northeast Branch Equipped to Suit All Readers; One of Six Provided for by Carnegie Fund". Los Angeles Times. 1916-08-30.  ^ a b c "Lincoln Heights Branch Library, History" (PDF). Los Angeles Public Library. 1996-06-20.  ^ a b c The Los Angeles Branch Library System TR Multiple Property Submission nomination explains 22 branch libraries but one, the University Branch, appears not to have been listed. ^ "From Handbook of the Branch Libraries: The Six Carnegie Buildings (1913–1916)" (PDF). Los Angeles Public Library. 1928.  ^ "Central Los Angeles; Historic Library Opens New Chapter After Renovation". Los Angeles Times. 1996-06-20. 


External links[edit] Artist Ricard Rodriguez Duffy explains the symbolism of his public art at Lincoln Heights Branch v t e Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments Downtown Los Angeles East and Northeast Sides Harbor Area Hollywood San Fernando Valley Silver Lake, Angelino Heights and Echo Park South Los Angeles Westside Wilshire and Westlake Areas v t e U.S. National Register of Historic Places Topics Architectural style categories Contributing property Historic district History of the National Register of Historic Places Keeper of the Register National Park Service Property types Lists by states Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Lists by insular areas American Samoa Guam Minor Outlying Islands Northern Mariana Islands Puerto Rico Virgin Islands Lists by associated states Federated States of Micronesia Marshall Islands Palau Other areas District of Columbia Morocco Portal Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Lincoln_Heights_Branch&oldid=766518818" Categories: Carnegie libraries in CaliforniaLibraries in Los AngelesLincoln Heights, Los AngelesLibrary buildings completed in 1916Libraries on the National Register of Historic Places in Los AngelesLos Angeles Historic-Cultural MonumentsItalian Renaissance Revival architecture in the United StatesNeoclassical architecture in CaliforniaRenaissance Revival architecture in CaliforniaHidden categories: CS1: Julian–Gregorian uncertaintyWikipedia page with obscure country or subdivisionCoordinates on Wikidata


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