Queens Carnegie Libraries: Elmhurst Branch- Pictures

Queens Borough Public Library,  Elmhurst Branch

86-01 Broadway

Queens, NY 11373

Year(s) built: 1906

Year opened: 1906

Architect(s): Lord & Hewlett

Builder(s): H.F. Quinn & Sons

Status: Library, no designation, demolished in 2012

This single-story orange brick building has several characteristics of the suburban Carnegie library type.  Located in the less densely populated areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens, these branches are most often freestanding structures within a larger lot.  Frequently, the libraries feature brick walls with limestone ornamentation.  The buildings typically have a symmetrical layout, large windows to allow an abundance of light into the reading rooms, and a prominent, decorative entrance. The building continued to serve as the Elmhurst Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library (until its demolition in 2012).