For Immediate Release: April 6, 2018
Media contact: Mindy Linetzky
(415) 557-4252; Mindy.Linetzky@sfpl.org
Historic Sunset Branch Library Turns 100 Years Old
Centennial celebration features fun for the whole family
San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Library is holding a Centennial Celebration for its historic Sunset Branch Library on Saturday, April 7 from 12 to 5 p.m.
The branch, opened in 1918, was designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh and built at a cost of $43,955. As its eighth neighborhood branch library, San Francisco created a fine classical building, its design and architectural decorations embodying the hopeful intent of a city eagerly rising, only a dozen years after being reduced to smoldering ruins in the 1906 earthquake. San Francisco was then in a whirlwind of rebuilding and rebirth following the earthquake and the Sunset District in particular was entering a sustained building boom that would transform sand dunes into thriving neighborhoods.
Sunset was the fifth San Francisco library built with funding from the American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who donated nearly $55 million of his fortune to build over 2,500 libraries in America and other countries. The branch has several architectural features typical of Carnegie libraries, including its symmetrical plan and façade, and the steps leading up to the building, symbolizing the uplifting effects of learning for Andrew Carnegie, who rose from childhood poverty to become a rich man.
The library was officially designated a San Francisco Landmark in 2004, commemorating the building’s exterior composition and materials, the volume of the main reading room, the ornamental ceiling and its Italianate design.
Saturday’s neighborhood celebration will include a performance by the Flying Angels Dance Company, shenanigans with Boswick the clown, a smoothie bicycle, chutney making and tasting, children’s book reading by local author Emma Smith, raffles for gift cards from local businesses, button making and more. In addition, there will be a Sunset District history program led by Woody LaBounty, Lorri Ungaretti and the Western Neighborhoods Project.
Event: Sunset Branch Library Centennial Celebration
Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 12 – 5 p.m.
Place: Sunset Branch Library, 1305 18th Avenue
Photo opps: Performers, historic building features, families celebrating
The event is funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. All programs at the Library are free.
Sunset 100th Anniversary Celebration Open House – Saturday, April 7, 12 – 5 p.m., Sunset Branch Library