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Sunset Branch

Sunset Branch Library (opened 1918), Sunset District, San Francisco CA

 

"In accordance with the 1901 letter from Andrew Carnegie to Mayor James Phelan, promising $750,000 for a main library and branches, the Carnegie funds were allocated more or less one half for a main library and the remainder for branches . . . On the southwest corner of Irving Street and 18th Avenue, the Sunset branch, San Francisco's fifth Carnegie branch, is just visible from cars rushing by on the 19th Avenue thoroughfare . . . In this version of the Classical Revival, the central entrance is recessed within a loggia formed by three tall round arches supported by two segmented Corinthian columns and two pilasters. Names of authors, many Western, are inscribed under the sills of recessed arched windows."

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Taken on January 16, 2012