Public Hearing Before Glenn
Council: P.O. Box 1041
City Designated Historic Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.
Status For Telephone: 412-561-7876
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West End Branch Library Internet Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc
Good afternoon. I am Glenn A.
Walsh of 633
Mount Lebanon. Today, I am representing no formal organization.
1995-2000, I served as a Life Trustee, on the Board of Trustees, of one of
Andrew Carnegie’s original libraries: the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and
Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, which opened in 1901. I
served as the Library’s Treasurer from 1995-1996. I was the Consulting Editor
for the April, 1999 issue of Cobblestone,
a national history magazine for children; the theme of this issue was the life
and philanthropies of Andrew Carnegie. And, I maintain an educational web site,
on the Internet, on the History of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >.
The West End Branch Library,
a well-known and loved landmark in the center of the West End business district, was the location of the very first children’s
storytime in a public library. And, the West End Branch Library was the second
library to house a specifically-designed and constructed library Children’s
The Pittsburgh History and
Landmarks Foundation, which provides historic building plaques on many
buildings in the region, nominated the Hazelwood, Homewood, Lawrenceville, Mt. Washington, and West End Branches, of The Carnegie Library of
Pittsburgh, to the status of City Designated Historic Structure. And, both the
Historic Review Commission of Pittsburgh and the City Planning Commission have
forwarded, to Pittsburgh City Council, positive
and unanimous recommendations in favor of the historic designation of all
five library buildings.
And, with the three Carnegie
Libraries which already enjoy historic designation, the historic designation of
these five libraries will complete the designation of the system of neighborhood library branches throughout the City,
originally envisioned by Andrew Carnegie, which is of major historical
In his letter to the Mayor and
City Councils on February 6, 1890, Andrew Carnegie offered these library buildings to
the City and said, “All of these should
be thoroughly fireproof, monumental in character and creditable to the city.” Andrew
Carnegie provided these wonderful buildings to be monuments of literacy and
learning for each of these neighborhoods, each to be recognized by the people
as a special place where a person can improve their lot in life.
I strongly recommend that
Pittsburgh City Council approve Bill No. 285, conferring the status of City
Designated Historic Structure on the West End Branch of The Carnegie Library of