The Free Library of Philadelphia’s mission is to advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity. Chartered in 1891, it opened the grand Beaux-Arts Parkway Central location on Logan Square in 1927. Spaces include the sweeping grand lobby and staircase featuring a high plaster ceiling with Greek key design and rosettes, ionic columns of carved limestone, and a dark green Tinos-tile and pink Tennessee marble floor; the beautifully modern commercial-grade kitchen, classroom, and dining space in the Culinary Literacy Center; and the Skyline Room and Terrace, featuring a wall of windows, an outdoor terrace book-ended by green roofs, and striking views of Shakespeare Park, Logan Circle, and the Philadelphia skyline. Coming construction (that will not impact current spaces) will bring internationally acclaimed architect Moishe Safdie’s design to life, melding the historic and the modern at Parkway Central.
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