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DETROIT. PUBLIC LIBRARY 

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THE UNIVERSITY 
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SANTA BARBARA 

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 
SANTA BARBARA 



Detroit Library Commission 



Commissiofiers 

Bernard Ginsburg, President 
Divie B. Duffield, Vice-President 
Edward S. Piggins, Secretary 

Paul R. Gray 

Ralph Phelps 

Charles R. Robertson 



Adam Strohm, Librarian 



Preface 



THE rapid growth of the city during 
the last decade called for an expan- 
sion of municipal activities along 
various lines and the Public Library 
responding to the call has established a 
number of agencies for widening the 
circle of its activities. Branch Libraries 
have been erected according to a deliber- 
ate program of strategy and at this date, 
eleven branches are in full swing, nine of 
them being located in their own buildings. 
Five of these new quarters were acquired 
through the munificence of Mr. Andrew 
Carnegie with the city furnishing generous 
sites. For two of the branches, the city 
has defrayed the cost in toto while two 
have come into being through private 
generosity. 

The branches now in operation represent 
an investment of approximately a half- 
million dollars, an annual circulation of 
600,000 issues and a personnel of about 
sixty library attendants. 

It may be of considerable interest to the 
citizens of Detroit to have before them 
at least a partial record of the modern 
library facilities at their service and it 
may also in a measure illustrate the 
economic requirements of the library 
system, cost of maintenance, books and 
organization. 



Chauncy Hurlbut Branch 

1898 



A one room, memorial building in Glad- 
win Park. 

Source — Gift: Chauncv Hurlbut Estate. 



John S. Gray Branch 

Erected I'^Od 
Remodeled and Efi/ari^ed I'-US 

Location — Field and Agnes Avenues. 

Dimensions — Lot 80' front x 180' deep. 
Building 72' x 75'. 

Architecture — Modified modern Italian. 

Construction — Foundation: Concrete 
footings, brick walls. Gray brick, trimmed 
with sandstone. 

Roof— Slate. 
Heating — Steam. 
Ventilation — Mechanical. 
Lighting — Semi-indirect electric. 
Woodwork — Tinted oak. 

Basement — Auditorium (capacity 400), 
Club room. Boiler room. Janitor's quarters. 

Main floor — General Reading room, 
Children's room, Librarian's office, Stafi" 
room. 

Source — City appropriation. 

Cost— Original, $9,750.00 
Remodeling, $20,332.81 

Architects— Malcomson & Higginbotham. 




John S. Gray Branch 



James E. Scripps Branch 

190S-9 



Location — Scripps Park. 

Dimensions — Park 1.333 acres. Building 
— remodeled residence — 100' x 39'. 

Construction — Foundation : Concrete 
footings, stone walls and piers. Brick 
and sandstone trimming. 

Roof — Slate. 
Heating — Steam. 
Ventilation^ — -Natural. 
Lighting — Direct electric. 
Woodwork — Red oak. 

Basement — Store room, Boiler room, Jani- 
tor's quarters. 

Main floor — General Reading room, 
Children's room, Librarian's office. 

Second floor — Auditorium (capacity 200), 
Club rooms, StalT room. 

Third floor — Store rooms. Mending room. 

Source — Gift: The James E. Scripps heirs. 

Cost of remodeling— $27,140.40. 

Architects — Smith, Hinchman & Grylls. 







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George S. Hosmer Branch 

Erected 1910-11 



Location — Gratiot Avenue and Pulford 
Street. 

Dimensions — Lot (irregular) 82' front 
X 103' deep (west side) x 159' deep 
(east side) x80' (rear). 
Building 72' x49'. 

Architecture — Italian Renaissance. 

Construction — Foundation: Brick and 
concrete. Kittanning brick and Bedford 
stone. 

Roof — Composition. 
Heating — Steam. 
Ventilation — Natural. 
Lighting — Direct electric. 
Woodwork — Red oak linish. 

Basement — Auditorium (capacity 200), 
Club room, Staff room, Boiler room. 

Main floor — General Reading room, 
Children's room. Reference room, Libra- 
rian's office. Staff room. 

Source — City appropriation. 

Cost $24,543.90. 

Architect — Louis Kamper. 




George S. Hosmer Branch 



George V. N. Lothrop Branch 

Erected 1911-12 



Location — West Warren Avenue and 
Grand Boulevard. 

Dimensions — Lot 180' front x 130' deep. 
Building 99' X 64 '6". 

Architecture — Georgian period. 

Construction — Foundation: Brick and 
concrete. Brick, stone and reinforced 
concrete. Cork tile and Terrazzo flooring. 

Roof — Slate. 

Heating — Direct and indirect steam. 
Ventilation — Indirect steam. 
Lighting — Direct electric. 
Woodwork — Fumed oak. 

Basement — Boiler room. Mending room, 
Store room. 

Main floor — General Reading room. 
Reference room. Children's room, Libra- 
rian's office, Staff room. Auditorium 
(capacity 100), Reading porch. 

Mezzanine floor — Club room, Rest room, 
Gallery. 

Source — Gift: Andrew Carnegie. 

Cost— $40,000. 

Architect — B. C. Wetzel. 




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Herbert Bowen Branch 

Erected 1911-12 



Location — Dix Avenue and West Grand 
Boulevard. 

Dimensions — Lot 175' front x 130' deep. 
Building 103' X 73 '8". 

Architecture — English collegiate. 

Construction — Foundation: Reinforced 
concrete. Interior walls hollow tile; 
exterior, buff Ohio stone and red vitrified 
brick. 

Roof — Slate. 
Heating — Steam. 

Ventilation — Large skylights; radia- 
tors connected with outside air, giving 
indirect ventilation; also by motor 
driven fan. 

Lighting — Incandescent electric in 
indirect fixtures. 

Woodwork — Quartered oak, pearl 
gray finish. 

Basement — Boiler room. Mending room. 
Store room. 

Main floor — General Reading room, 
Children's room. Auditorium (capacity 
150), Librarian's office. Staff room. 

Mezzanine floor — Catalogue room. 

Source — Gift: Andrew Carnegie. 

Cost— $40,000. 

Architect — W. B. Stratton. 



Henry M. Utley Branch 

Erected 1912-13 

Location — Woodward Avenue, between 
Alger and King Avenues. 

Dimensions — Lot 246' front x 200' deep. 
Building 120 '8" X 92 '4". 

Architecture — Classical. 

Construction — Foundation: Concrete and 
brick. Pressed brick and limestone. 

Roof — Copper. 

Heating — Steam. 

Ventilation — Johnson's fan system. 

Lighting — Indirect electric. 

Woodwork — Oak finish. 

Basement — Boiler room, Mending room. 
Store room. Staff room. 

Main floor — General Reading room, 
Reference room, Children's room. Story- 
hour room, Librarian's office, Stafi" room. 

Mezzanine floor — Auditorium (capacity 
250), Club room, Coat room. 

Balcony — Work room. 

Source — Gift: Andrew Carnegie. 

Cost— $55,000. 

Architect — G. A. Mueller. 




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Edwin F. Conely Branch 

Erected 1912-13 



Location — Martin Street, near Michigan 
Avenue. 

Dimensions — Lot 268' front x 175' deep. 
Building 81' X 49'. 

Architecture — Renaissance type. 

Construction — Foundation : Brick witli 
concrete footings. Brick and stone. 

Roof — Copper. 
Heating — Indirect steam. 
Ventilation — Steam and air. 
Lighting — Indirect electric. 
Woodwork — Oak. 

Basement — Auditorium (capacity 350), 
Janitor's quarters. Boiler room. Repair 
room, Store room. 

Main floor — General Reading room, 
Children's room. Story-hour room (with 
rolling partitions). Librarian's office, 
StafT rooms. 

Mezzanine floor — Club room. Work room. 
Open gallery, StafT room, Reading porch. 

Source — Gift: Andrew Carnegie. 

Cost— $40,000. 

Architect — Hugh B. Clement. 



Magnus Butzel Branch 

Erected 1912-13 

Location — Harper Avenue and East 
Grand Boulevard. 

Dimensions — Lot 200' front x 180' deep. 
Building 96 '6" x 52'. 

Architecture — Tudor period. 

Construction — Foundation: Brick with 
concrete footings. Tapestry brick laid in 
Dutch cross bond, trimmed with Bedford 
limestone. Floor, reinforced concrete. 

Roof— Red tile. 

Heating — Direct steam. 

Ventilation — Direct steam — concealed 

radiators. 

Lighting — Semi-indirect electric. 

Woodwork — Fumed white oak. 

Basement — Auditorium (capacity 200), 
Story-hour room. Mending room, StalT 
room, Boiler room, Janitor's quarters. 

Main floor — General Reading room. 
Reference room. Intermediate room. 
Children's room, Librarian's office, 
Cataloguing room. Staff room. 

Source — Gift: Andrew Carnegie. 

Cost— $40,000. 

Architect— Albert Kahn. 




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George Osius Branch 

Erected 1913-14 



Location — Gratiot Avenue between Newland 
and Seneca Avenues. 

Dimensions — Lot (irregular) 135' front x 100' 
deep; 123' on Newland x 63'5" (rear). 
Building 95' X 92'. 

Architecture — Modern adaptation of Jacobean 
type. 

Construction — Foundation: Brick walls with 
concrete footings. Brick with stone trimmings. 

Roof — Metal and composition covering 

over reinforced concrete construction. 

Heating — Direct steam with automatic 

temperature regulating system. 

Ventilation — Natural. 

Lighting — Semi-indirect electric; in service 

portions of building, direct. 

Woodwork — Red oak; Southern pine in 

basement. 

Basement — Auditorium (capacity 200), Club 
room, Staff room, Boiler room, Janitor's 
quarters. 

Main floor — General Reading room, Children's 
room, Story-hour room, Librarian's office. 

Source — Gift: Andrew Carnegie. 

Cost— $40,000. 

Architects — Donaldson & Meier. 




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