In honor of Ocean Park Library’s 100th birthday this year, the Conservancy is co-hosting a talk on the history of Carnegie libraries. Conservancy board member emeritus and USC professor Ken Breisch will speak about Carnegie libraries in the United States and how the Ocean Park branch was funded and built. Breisch is the author of the recently published American Libraries 1730-1950.
The Ocean Park building, built in the Neoclassical style, opened its doors in 1918. The original entry, framed by columns with an arched pediment and a small double staircase, were retained during a major remodel and expansion in 1985. The site was donated by the Tegner family where the original Tegner home once stood. The Ocean Park Library is the last Carnegie Library remaining in Santa Monica and one of the few small Carnegie libraries still operating in California. It was landmarked in 1977.