Carving details on the main stairway, 1926 Floral Motif on Column

75th Anniversary Main Page

Funding and Partner Information

Celebrating 75 Years on the Parkway

The Central Library: A Vision Realized
An exhibit covering the planning, design, and construction of the Central Library, in the Main Lobby from June, 2002, through May, 2003

Made possible by a generous grant from The William Penn Foundation

Other support for the 75th Anniversary includes:

Renovation of the Skyline Room

Sponsored by Delaware River Port Authority

Community Open House and Birthday Party

A gala public celebration for all ages on June 2, 2002

Presented by Verizon Foundation

Champion of Reading Award Dinner

Honoring children's author R.L. Stine, June 1, 2002

Presented by the Philadelphia Coca-Cola Bottling Company

and Sunoco, Inc.

Champion of Reading Honorary Vice Chairs:

Arcadia Land Company
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll
Creative Financial Group
Dr Pepper Company
Ernst & Young, LLP
The Graham Company
JCI Data Processing
Rittenhouse Trust Company
(List incomplete)

Julian Francis Abele Student Design Competition

A competition for high school students in designing "the Library of the Future," with winning designs displayed in the East Gallery from June through August, 2002 A cooperative effort of the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects, The Architecture in Education Program of the American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter, and p_FAD

Presented by Hillier
The Department of Architecture of the University of Pennsylvania
With additional support from:
Cope Linder Associates
Phillip E. Franks and Associates

Competition judging by:

Maxine Griffith, Executive Director, Philadelphia City Planning Commission
Emmanuel Kelly, AIA, Kelly/Maiello Architects
Henry Magaziner, FAIA, acquaintance of Julian Abele
Marciene S. Mattleman, Free Library Foundation Board of Directors
Noel Mayo, Industrial Designer
Melvin Mitchell, FAIA, National Organization of Minority Architects
Ignatius Wang, AIA, Architect

Central Library 75th Anniversary Advisory Committee
Chair: Honorable Darrell Clarke
John William Chin
Gloria Twine Chisum
Honorable Augusta Clark
Honorable Pamela Dembe
Loretta Duckworth
Deborah Fretz
Maxine Griffith
Luis Hernandez
Linda Johnson
Carol Lawrence
Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn
Cirel Magen
Herman Mattleman
Marciene S. Mattleman
Lenore Milhollen
William Miller, IV
Charlie Pizzi
Linda Seyda
Marciarose Shestack
Ron Wilson
Elliot L. Shelkrot

For special service, special thanks to:
Liza Seltzer
Peggy B. Wachs
Judith G. Zalesne
All staff of the Free Library who contributed to the anniversary celebration
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