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November 27th, 2014
Eden Smith's Beaches Library Blueprint

Q4. Only one building in the Beaches was designed by Eden Smith, which one?

Q9. In 1915, who paid to build the Beaches library?



Eden Smith's Beaches Library Blueprint

In 1915, Eden Smith was commissioned to build three libraries for the Toronto Library System with a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. When the Beaches Branch opened on December 13, 1916 in a corner of Kew Gardens, it was the last of three identical libraries (Wychwood and High Park were the other two). At the opening, Chief Librarian George Locke described the design by Eden Smith & Sons as "a decided revolt in style from the traditional library architecture ...after the fashion of the Collegiate Grammar School of the Seventeenth Century in England."


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