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1897 November 2: Philadelphia voters approve a referendum for a new central library building
Lynnewood HallHorace Trumbauer begins the design of Lynnewood Hall, library trustee Peter A. B. Widener's mansion in Elkins Park
1898 Free Library founder Dr. William S. Pepper dies
June 17: Mayor Charles F. Warwick signs an ordinance creating a loan that includes "one million (1,000,000) dollars for library site and building: PROVIDED, Not more than one million (1,000,000) dollars shall be expended by the City in payment of site and erection of building"
Peter A. B. Widener donates his mansion at Broad and Girard Streets for the Free Library's Josephine H. Widener Memorial Branch
1899 October 27: Legal counsel informs Free Library officials that they cannot construct a library building on Logan Square
1900 P.A.B. Widener mansionMay 8: Free Library's Josephine H. Widener Memorial Branch opens after renovations by Horace Trumbauer
November 9: Free Library officials consider the old United States Mint at Chestnut and Juniper Streets as a site for the new central library building
1902 November 15: Free Library officials accept sealed proposals for a site for the new central library building
November 28: Free Library officials reject all sealed proposals for sites for the new central library building

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