The old Westover Branch Library building was demolished on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 to make way for green space, part of the final phase of the Westover transition.
Complete photo collection: Westover Old and New
The original Westover Library opened in 1949, when it occupied two apartments at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Longfellow Street. In 1963, a split-level structure at 1800 N Lexington St became the first official Westover Branch Library building. The current Wesover Library/Reed School, at 1644 N. McKinley St. opened to the public on October 30, 2009.
Jo Ott says
Thanks for the photos. I remember when the library was built and also remember the really old one in the apartments up the street. My parents, now deceased, lived at the top of the hill on 18th street on the left for many years. My youngest brother, now 59, went to Westover Elem. and my daughter, now 42, spent many hours in the library just demolished. I now have a niece and young her family who love Ayers and the Westover library. It's nice to see Westover has survived so great all these years and is getting even better. Now living in PA, I get down there only a couple of times a year and Westover still seems like home to me. Jo Ott Lewisberry, PA.
Ouch! My heart hurts — so many memories. I grew up with this Library and then as an adult had the great opportunity to work there.
The new one is a beauty…but it never seems to be open when I go there. Come on Arlington…most of us work during the week, how about some hours on Sunday??
My kids and I spent so much time in that library with Ann and Megan at story times. It's hard not to have fond memories of the place–even if the bathrooms were upstairs. . .
Sunday hours would be appreciated
Sunday hours would be fantastic… I too seem to always find myself at the library when it isn't open. The new library is great, don't get me wrong. I'd just like to see the inside of it more often.