Blackstone Branch Library

4904 South Lake Park Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615


About this Library:

Timothy B. Blackstone Branch, renovated in 1980, was the first branch of the Chicago Public Library. The branch celebrated its 100th Anniversary on September 18, 2004. Timothy Beach Blackstone was President of the Chicago and Alton Railroad and the first president of the Union Stockyards and Transit Company. Following his death in 1900, this branch was erected in his memory. Blackstone Branch is modeled after the Erechtheion, a temple on the Athenian Acropolis. The architect was Solomon S. Beman, a leading architect of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Artwork by Chicago artist Oliver Dennett Grover, located in the rotunda, features the themes of Literature, Science, Labor, and Art. Other notable architectural details include an upper-level glass floor, stained-glass ceilings, carved marble, mosaic tile floors, and mahogany wainscoting. The Children?s Room, a WPA project, opened in 1939.

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