Felipe De Neve Branch

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Felipe de Neve Branch
Felipe de Neve Branch, Los Angeles.JPG
Felipe de Neve Branch, May 2008
Felipe De Neve Branch is located in California
Felipe De Neve Branch
Location 2820 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°3′46″N 118°16′14″W / 34.06278°N 118.27056°W / 34.06278; -118.27056Coordinates: 34°3′46″N 118°16′14″W / 34.06278°N 118.27056°W / 34.06278; -118.27056
Built 1929
Architect Whittlesey,Austin
Architectural style Mediterranean Revival-Classical Revival; [Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Other]
Governing body Local
MPS Los Angeles Branch Library System TR
NRHP Reference # 87001008[1]
LAHCM # 452
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 19, 1987
Designated LAHCM 1989-10-17[2]

Felipe de Neve Branch is a branch library of the Los Angeles Public Library located in Lafayette Park in Westlake, Los Angeles, California. It was built in 1929 based on a Mediterranean Revival-Classical Revival design by architect Austin Whittlesey. The branch was named after Felipe de Neve, the Spanish governor of California who oversaw the founding of Los Angeles. The branch was opened on Felipe de Neve Day in 1929, celebrating the 148th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles.[3]

The Felipe de Neve Branch was designated a Historic-Cultural Monument by the Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission in January 1984. In 1987, the De Neve Branch and several other branch libraries in Los Angeles were added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of a thematic group submission.[4] The application noted that the branch libraries had been constructed in a variety of period revival styles to house the initial branch library system of the City of Los Angeles. With respect to the De Neve Branch, the application described the building as a one-story Mediterranean style brick building with a red tile roof. The street elevation is elaborately decorated with symmetrically arranged groupings of windows and black and white tile decorations in the shape of diamonds and crosses. The seal of the city made of mosaic tile is above the front doors. A horsehoe-shaped cast stone border of a floral design surrounds the top of the seal and doors.[4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  2. ^ http://preservation.lacity.org/monuments
  3. ^ "Library To Be Dedicated: Ceremones at Branch in Lafayette Park Will Take Place on Felipe De Neve Day". Los Angeles Times. 1929-09-01. 
  4. ^ a b The Los Angeles Branch Library System TR Multiple Property Submission nomination explains 22 branch libraries but one, the University Branch, appears not to have been listed.

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