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HISTORIC LAWRENCEVILLE LIBRARY BLDG.

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Pittsburgh, March 29 – According to the staff of the Lawrenceville Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the very historic 1898 building which houses the library branch will be abandoned later this year, after a public meeting in May or sometime in the Summer.

 

In a prepared statement (For release—EMBARGOED UNTIL: 5:30 p.m., 2004 March 29) for delivery before the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District (RAD), Monday evening, historic preservationist Glenn A. Walsh said, “Despite the opposition of the majority of residents in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Hazelwood, on March 13 The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh closed the historic Hazelwood Library building built by Andrew Carnegie in 1900. And, now, the historic Lawrenceville Library building is next on Carnegie Library’s hit-list.”

 

The Lawrenceville Branch Library building is a true library pioneer:

Ø       First of more than one hundred neighborhood branch libraries built by Andrew Carnegie in the United States

Ø       First specifically designed and constructed library Children’s Room

Ø       First library specifically designed to allow the public direct access to the book stacks, including a central circulation desk

Ø       Building design became a model for Carnegie Libraries throughout the world

 

Mr. Walsh noted that, “Next to the historic Lawrenceville Library building is the Stephen Foster Community Center, which includes a senior citizen center and scheduled programs for youth, including a Tiny Tots program which takes pre-school children to the Lawrenceville Library frequently! What better place to have a library than next to a multi-purpose community center!

 

“Although Carnegie Library complains there is little parking near the Library, Library patrons regularly use the community center’s parking lot next to the Library, including during special events in the Library’s large auditorium; Stephen Foster Center staff told me they have no objection to this. All that is now needed is for the Library to obtain permission to use the parking lot after the 4:00 p.m. closing of the community center.”

 

Mr. Walsh asked the RAD Board, which provides more than $16 million a year in public funding to Carnegie Library, to “tell, yes tell, Carnegie Library that they must hold at least one widely-publicized meeting, open to the general public, before any official, or even unofficial, decisions are made to move a library. And, unlike the token neighborhood meeting in Hazelwood last year, you must tell Carnegie Library that they must really listen to the wishes of the majority of residents of the neighborhood. In the case of Lawrenceville, it is urgent that this be done right away.

 

“If this Board does nothing, you will be allowing a bureaucracy to utilize taxpayer money with no accountability to the people—once again, taxation without representation!”

 

 

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Note to Editors and Reporters: Glenn A. Walsh served as a Life Trustee, on the Board of Trustees, of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall in Carnegie, Pennsylvania from 1995-2000, including the position of Library Treasurer from 1995-1996. The Andrew Carnegie Free Library has no direct affiliation with The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Views expressed by Mr. Walsh are his own and do not represent the views of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

 

 

Statement of Glenn A. Walsh

        Allegheny Regional Asset District --

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PHOTOS AND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HISTORIC LAWRENCEVILLE LIBRARY:

Histories --

From The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2003 March 2:
Carnegie's Library Legacy -
The Carnegie struggles with honoring the past while serving the present and future

By Patricia Lowry, Post-Gazette Architecture Critic
History of Lawrenceville Library, "A first for Lawrenceville," two-thirds way into feature article.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh - 2002 October 23:
For decades, Lawrenceville library's basement has concealed a mystery
Tale of the tombstone

By Johnna A. Pro, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

 

Photo of Library Front and More Information about Library Tombstone:

< http://www.ghostvillage.com/legends/2003/legends9_01112003.shtml >
 
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