AKA: Los Angeles Public Library, Vernon Branch #1, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Kysor and Biggar, Architects (firm); Charles Howatt Biggar (architect); Charles H. Kysor (architect)

Dates: constructed 1915, demolished 1974

1 story

South Central Avenue and East 45th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90011

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Location, according to the 1915 LAPL Annual Report, was Vernon Avenue and Central Avenue.

The Vernon Branch of the LAPL was one of six constructed from a $210,000 gift received from the Carnegie Foundation in 1911; the grant amount for this branch was $35,000. Construction began in March 1915. Patrons of the Vernon Branch Library took advantage of the salubrious Southern California climate by using the open-air reading room, that had sliding doors to make it an enclosed room also. Architect, Kyson, designed the library while his name was still, "Kysor." He did not change it until the onset of World War I.

A rented book drop-off and pick-up space predated this first Vernon Branch Library, operating c. 1910;

Demolished, 1974;

PCAD id: 3332