It seems to me that all or many of the libraries in the city were molded from the same style, almost as if they followed a specific form. This one really resembles the library in Soulard, and the one near Lafayette and Jefferson.
Since they were Carnegie- financed, I’d wager that there were “stock” plans from the charity and they depended on the lot size donated by a city and the population in the surrounding area (number of books stocked).
I used to study a lot in the Lafayette/Jefferson branch back in ’58-9 when a student at SLU. This was before the Pius XII library was built; the old SLU library was just tiny and the campus was so small that it was pretty impossible to find a quiet area to think.
Another one I frequented was the elegant and small (and newer) branch down on South Grand near Utah; it reminded me of my original hometown Kirkwood Library.
Is the original Divoli branch used for anything? It still looks “intact” and cared-for.
I think the architectural uniformity came from the fact they were all built around the same time, at the height of the Beaux-Arts movement.
It is now the Library Service Center for the Public Schools, whatever that is.
Still looks rock solid…glad its being used for something!!
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