The Brookline Branch of
the Carnegie Library
Grand Re-Opening - 2004
This is the "new" Brookline Library in 2004, a couple months after it's renovation. Below are photos from the Grand Re-opening of our state of the art Carnegie Library on February 7, 2004. It was a grand day for the community of Brookline, and the culmination of efforts begun back in the late 1990s.
The privately owned building was in need of repair. More alarmingly was the possibility of the property being put up for sale. Sensing that this valuable community asset might disappear from Brookline Boulevard, the property was purchased in 2001 by the Brookline Community Council. The funds were made available through state grant money obtained by State Representative Frank Gigliotti, and then his successor State Representative Michael Diven.
The site was turned over to the city with the promise that it would be remodeled, and most importantly, that the library would remain at this location for years to come. The city and the Carnegie Library made good on their promise to remodel, spending $2.9 million on renovations. The Brookline Branch is now one of the finest neighborhood libraries in the city of Pittsburgh. The new library director is Pat Lorenzo.
The Brookline Library was chosen to be renovated using environmentally friendly (green) principles. The library has many features built into the new framework that are both environmentally sound and safe. The results were quite extraordinary.
* Photos provided by Walt Kimball *
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