AKA: Los Angeles, Public Library, Angeles Mesa Branch Library, Los Angeles, CA

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

Designers: Clark, Jeffrey, Building Contractor (firm); Dana, Royal, Architect (firm); Froehlich, Kow, and Gong, Architects (firm); Jeffrey Clark (building contractor); Royal Dana (architect); Arthur Froehlich (architect); Gordon Gong (architect); Morio M. Kow (architect)

Dates: constructed 1927-1928

1 story, total floor area: 4,750 sq. ft.

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2700 West 52nd Street
Angeles Mesa, Los Angeles, CA 90043-1953

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This small branch location of the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) opened in autumn 1928, designed by the local architect Royal Dana. This small branch contained 4750 square feet arrayed on one story. It had an economical rectangular plan, ornamented in the Mediterranean Revival Style.

Building History

This was the second Angeles Mesa Branch of the LAPL. It replaced the first located at 2800 West 54th Street, opened on 07/01/1918. The Angeles Mesa Branch #2 was dedicated on 10/09/1928, and contained 4,750 square feet when opened; total costs were $35,000, of which $29,835 was spent on construction.

Building Notes

This small facility had a simple fenestration, with a central front door, flanked by three metal-sash casement windows on either side. Its brick structure was stuccoed on the exterior and scored to resemble coursed masonry.

Architect Royal Dana designed the building in the Mediterranean Revival Style library; it has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, level of significance: Local.


Composed of unreinforced masonry walls, the library was closed in 1992 to comply with Los Angeles city ordinances for earthquake safety; a temporary library was set up at the Angeles Mesa Elementary School until a larger space was found at 2400 West 54th Street; the firm of Froehlich, Kow, and Gong designed the renovated library, bringing its size up to 6,000 square feet.

National Register of Historic Places (May 19, 1987): 87001005 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 2254