Restoration of Pasadena's Central Library Facade, Built in 1927, Is Underway

Published : Monday, May 15, 2017 | 5:30 AM

The restoration of the Walnut Street facade of the Pasadena Public Library is underway thanks to significant support from the Pasadena Public Library Foundation (PPLF) and The Friends of the Pasadena Public Library (Friends).

The Pasadena Public Library Foundation, a fund of the Pasadena Community Foundation, embarked on a campaign to support the restoration of one of Pasadena’s most magnificent buildings, the central branch of the Pasadena Public Library.

The architectural treasure was designed by Myron Hunt and constructed in 1927.

In collaboration with the Friends, in late 2014, the Foundation hosted an event raising $90,000.

Subsequent efforts have raised an additional $25,000 for this necessary project. Pasadena Public Library Foundation uses these funds to supplement distributions available from the $1.2 million Foundation endowment which is restricted to maintaining the architectural treasure.

The current “courtyard phase” should be completed by June, 2017 at a cost of about $270,000.

Pasadena Public Library Foundation will provide half the funding; the balance will be contributed by the City of Pasadena.

The work consists of cleaning and waterproofing the exterior cast stone elements, painting of the grand windows, and repair of the existing roof at the patio and main entry.

Future phases will restore the walls beyond the courtyard which extend to the east and west wings. The Pasadena Public Library Foundation has said it is committed to working with the city to ensure the beauty and splendor of this building for many years to come.


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