Santa Monica library celebrates 100 years

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Friday, March 23, 2018

SANTA MONICA (KABC) -- The Ocean Park Branch Library in Santa Monica is 100 years old, and all year the century-old public building is celebrating.

Built in 1918, the Classic Revival building is one of the few remaining Carnegie libraries in SoCal.

The cost of construction in 1918 was $25,000. That's $550,000 in today's dollars.

City leaders chose concrete instead of brick to save money, giving it a unique look among Carnegie libraries. The building became a Santa Monica historic landmark in 1977.

The next centennial event at the library is April 28, where there will be a 3 p.m. presentation on the history of the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica.