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Andorra Library

705 East Cathedral Road
215-685-2552

History:

Richard Wistar named the area Andorra in 1857 after the small country in the Pyrenees Mountains of Europe because he felt the topography of the two regions was similar. From colonial days this region was bisected by a major highway called The Ridge (now Ridge Avenue). The road was originally laid out in 1706 to haul lime from Collegeville to Philadelphia.

Much of the land is part of Fairmount Park, and much of the adjacent land belonged to the Houston family. The area changed from rural to more urban with the construction of houses on land that was part of the Houston estate, and the completion and modernization of Henry Avenue.

Henry Avenue was probably named for Alexander Henry, Mayor of Philadelphia from 1858-1862. His brother had married the daughter of Henry Howard Houston, who owned much of the land in Andorra.

Cathedral Road is named for the cathedral that the Episcopal Diocese started building before World War II. Construction was interrupted because of the war, and was never resumed. The constructed portion is now a chapel. Cathedral Village, a community for older adults, was built on the surrounding land.

The Andorra Branch opened on March 31, 1975 in the Andorra Shopping Center, Cathedral Road and Henry Avenue. The library was renovated in 1999 as part of the "Changing Lives" campaign, which refurbished branches. Artists Max Mason and M. Webb created the mural above the picture book section depicting the Philadelphia skyline and the Andorra Woods.


Reviews

Pao

Rating:
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Very friendly staff and fun family friendly events. Building is rundown (particularly the bathrooms) but still worth the trip because of what's going on there. We drive 25 minutes to go here instead of libraries closer to us.

hoosama Senladeen

Rating:
Monday, June 18, 2018
Workers are very rude. Also they aren't even open half the time.

Jess Merchant

Rating:
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
I will make the extra drive to go here instead of Roxborough. Friendly and a great selection. Easy parking!

Mommi kat

Rating:
Monday, July 17, 2017
Unfortunately very limited number of books. They don't have more than they do have. The library system ahould do a better job of distributing books. Don't even have many of the classics! State of libraries today and sad because many depend on them. Nice staff..pleasant but need more choices.

Dan Beeby

Rating:
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Great... when it's open. Twice this week they've opened late because they've been short staffed.

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