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1894 Philadelphia City Hall in 1899March 12: First Central Library opens in City Hall
December 31: Mayor Stuart signs two ordinances consolidating the Philadelphia Public Library into the Free Library and establishing the Free Library's Board of Trustees
1895 Exterior of the Free Library of Philadelphia at 1217-1221 Chestnut StreetFebruary 11: The Central Library moves to 1217-1221 Chestnut Street
June 7: The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania authorizes Philadelphia to levy taxes and make appropriations for the establishment and maintenance of public libraries
Ordinance of Nov. 11, 1895November 11: Mayor Charles F. Warwick signs ordinance for the maintenance and enlargement of the Free Library of Philadelphia
1896 July 16: Mayor Charles F. Warwick authorizes a first referendum on borrowing $1 million for a central library site and building; it fails
1897 May 14: The Free Library's Board of Trustees forms committee to select a suitable site for a central library building
September 27: Mayor Charles F. Warwick authorizes a second referendum on a loan that includes $1 million for a central library site and building; it succeeds

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