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Photo: Jake Danna Stevens, License: N/A, Created: 2019:12:20 16:34:28

Albright Memorial Library on Friday, Dec. 20, 2019. Jake Danna Stevens / Staff Photographer

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Then: Circa 1907

Scranton’s Albright Memorial Library was a gift from industrialist John Joseph Albright in memory of his parents, Joseph and Elizabeth, built on the site of their former homestead. The Buffalo architecture firm of Green & Wicks designed an Indiana limestone structure based on the Cluny Museum in Paris. The library’s exterior reinforces its mission — the stained-glass windows reproduce historic bookbinders’ marks, and the statues of owls and lions guarding the entrance symbolize strength and wisdom.

Now: 2019

The library’s exterior has been carefully maintained and continues to welcome patrons with style and charm.

North Washington Avenue and Vine Street

Photo and research courtesy of Lackawanna Histrocial Society