Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library

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Institution Name: Rosemont College
Original/Historic Place Name: Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library
Location on Campus: 1400 Montgomery Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1925original construction Magaziner, Eberhard & Harris
1935addition of wing
Designer: Magaziner, Eberhard & Harris (Philadelphia)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: unknown
Walls: local gray limestone
Roof: slate
1925-present (2006)library

Until the Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library was built in 1926, the library was housed in Main Building in a room that had been the library for the Sinnott family. In addition to the poignant story that the library was built in memory of their daughter Gertrude, who died at age 14 in 1920, the library is also the heart of the college. Mr. and Mrs. Kistler added a wing in 1935, and upon their deaths in 1952, the last addition to the building was made in 1954, thanks to the Kistlers, who bequeathed their estate to Rosemount College.

The library is not merely a repository for books, as technology has taken hold in the library's development. And while it continues to be the place for learning, the main reading room is also often used for lectures, reunions, and other small social events. Kistler Library is one of the first places alumnae visit upon their arrival to campus.


Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library at Rosemont College. Booklet. Rosemont, PA: Rosemont College, 2001.


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