Public Hearing Before Glenn A. Walsh
City Designated Historic
Structure Status For Telephone: 412-561-7876
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Lawrenceville Branch Library Internet Web Site: < http://www.andrewcarnegie.cc >
2004 June 30
Good afternoon. I am Glenn A.
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
The Lawrenceville Branch
Library, a well-known and loved landmark in the Lawrenceville neighborhood
next-door to the
The Lawrenceville Library design included two major innovations:
1) The first specifically-designed and constructed library Children’s Room!
2) The first library in which the book stacks and the new central circulation desk were specifically deigned to allow the public direct access to the books!
For many years, three
Carnegie Library branches have been recognized and protected by Historic Review
Commission designation: the Main Branch in
This is important, because it is the system of neighborhood library branches throughout the City, originally envisioned by Andrew Carnegie, which is of major historical significance. When first conceived in 1890, this was the largest neighborhood branch library system proposed for any American city!
I strongly recommend that Pittsburgh City Council approve Bill No. 283, conferring the status of City Designated Historic Structure on the Lawrenceville Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.