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Carnegie Library - Riverdale

Address: 370 Broadview Avenue
Architect: Robert McCallum, City Architect
Opened: 1910, October 19

Riverdale Branch Library opened on October 19, 1910. It was the last of four libraries constructed with a $350,000 grant made by Andrew Carnegie to Toronto Public Library in 1903. Designed in a Georgian Revival style by Robert McCallum, City Architect, the branch was constructed of red brick with white Ohio sandstone trim at a cost of $24,174. Located at the "great transfer corner" at Broadview and Gerrard streets, Riverdale was one of only six corner library buildings built in Ontario with Carnegie funds.

Major Alterations

1927 Boys and Girls room addition opened January 23. W. S. Butler, Architect.
1979 Renovation and addition by Noel Hancock, David Simpson, Architects.
1991 Renovation and addition by Quadrangle Architects. Closed 2 December – 1993, 29 March.

Heritage Status

1977 Listed on Inventory of Heritage Properties, adopted by Toronto City Council, February 6.