Lillian Marrero Library
A landmark library reinvented with a glass lantern addition.
The Free Library of Philadelphia is a publicly funded series of safe spaces where people, ideas, and communities can grow. Each year it welcomes 6 million visitors to its 54 neighborhood libraries. As a part of the Building Inspiration: 21st Century Libraries Initiative, four pilot libraries are reopening to the public after receiving extensive modernization and expansion. Lillian Marrero Library is the most magnificent building of the four pilot locations. Completed in 1906, the building was a gift from Andrew Carnegie. To ennoble the experience of borrowing a book, Carnegie libraries were often modeled on classical palaces, with grand staircases, columned porticos, and hushed, wood-paneled reading rooms. Formerly known as the Lehigh Avenue Library, it was renamed in 2005 in honor of Lillian Marrero, a community organizer and Free Library librarian.
James R Keller LLC and Vitetta
Location, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
All before images by Charlie Dumais
All after images used with permission from Jeffery Totaro