AKA: Palos Verdes Library District (PVLD), Malaga Cove Branch, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

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

Designers: Hunt and Chambers, Architects (firm); Olmsted Brothers, Landscape Architects (firm); Harold Coulson Chambers Sr. (architect); Myron Hubbard Hunt (architect); John Charles Olmsted (landscape architect)

Dates: constructed 1926-1930

2 stories

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2400 Via Campesina
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274-1320

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South of Via Cempesina at Via Corta;

Building Notes

A reviewer in the Architectural Forum (06/1932), observed about the Malaga Cove Branch Library: "This building illustrates an interesing solution to the problem of a small community library where unlimited expansion is neither anticipated nor desired. The plan has been well adapted to the uneven nature of its location and the various levels have been well studied to produce an efficient, simple structure. Particularly to be noted is the location of the services on both the ground and main floor plans. The exhibit room on the ground floor may be used as a social center if the need arises and is served by the kitchen adjacent. Notice also the location of the reading room. It is placed at the rear of the building to minimize the effect of noise from the street, and the change in level addes to its privacy." (See "Palos Verdes Public Library, Palos Verdes Estates, California, Myron C. Hunt and H.C. Chambers, Architects," Architectural Forum, 06/1932, p 598.)

The library occupies the second story of a two-story structure, while the first floor is given over to community meeting and exhibition spaces. Tel: 310.377.9584 (2015).

PCAD id: 5531