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1915 August 20: City Solicitor Michael J. Ryan issues a legal opinion stating that the City Council must approve the construction of the central library, forcing library officials to cancel the groundbreaking and postpone construction
1916 January 20: The City signs a contract with Horace Trumbauer for the central library
John ThomsonFebruary: Head Librarian John Thomson dies; Assistant Librarian John Ashhurst 3rd appointed head of the Free Library
Ordinance of February 18, 1916February 18: Mayor Thomas B. Smith authorizes the Free Library to enter into a contract for the construction of the central library
May 16: Philadelphia voters approve a loan referendum including $2.46 million for the central library and $9 million for the Fairmount Parkway
December 29: The Art Jury approves the updated plans for the central library
1917 March 19: The Mason Builders' Association threatens to block the construction of the central library if the stone is not cut in Philadelphia
Appeal from decree of Court of Common PleasMarch 23: Indiana limestone interests file the first Walter R. Taylor vs. City lawsuit to block the construction of central library, withdrawn on March 29, 1917
March 27: Bids opened for the construction of the central library
April 2: Contracts awarded for building, plumbing, electrical, and heating and ventilation of the central library
April 3: Local stone cutters file the John F. Flinn vs. City lawsuit to block construction of the central library
April 10: The lower court refuses to grant a preliminary injunction blocking the construction of the central library in the John F. Flinn vs City lawsuit
1917-1918 Landscape architect Jacques Gréber converts Logan Square into a circle

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