Public Hearing Before               Glenn A. Walsh

Pittsburgh City Council:              P.O. Box 1041

City Designated Historic        Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15230-1041 U.S.A.

   Structure Status For           Telephone: 412-561-7876

Andrew Carnegie-Built          Electronic Mail: < >

Hazelwood Branch Library    Internet Web Site: < >

                                                             2004 June 30


Good afternoon. I am Glenn A. Walsh of 633 Royce Avenue, Mount Lebanon. Today, I am representing no formal organization.


From 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: < >.


The Hazelwood Branch Library building, a well-known and loved landmark, located on the edge of the Hazelwood business district and just a few blocks from the J&L redevelopment site, includes much more than just chambers for a library Children’s Room and library Reference Room. It also includes a 250-seat auditorium and a beautiful stained-glass dome, above the library’s original oak circulation desk.


On May 3, to kick-off National Historic Preservation Week, the Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh named the historic Hazelwood Branch Library building as number four in their second-annual list of the “Top Ten Best Preservation Opportunities for 2004.” This historic designation was strongly supported by the Hazelwood Initiative.


Again, I want to commend the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation for nominating the Hazelwood, Homewood, Lawrenceville, Mt. Washington, and West End Branches, of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, to the status of City Designated Historic Structure. With the successful completion of this designation process, all original, Andrew Carnegie-built library buildings, which have been used as libraries in Pittsburgh this year, will be protected by the Pittsburgh Historic Review Ordinance.


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. Andrew Carnegie, through his very generous library funding, popularized the neighborhood branch library system, not just for Pittsburgh, but for the world. And, it all began right here in Pittsburgh!


I strongly recommend that Pittsburgh City Council approve Bill No. 286, conferring the status of City Designated Historic Structure on the original Hazelwood Branch Library building of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.


Thank you.