Handley Regional Library, Winchester

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Handley Library is a historic library building located at 100 West Piccadilly Street in Winchester, Virginia, United States. Completed in 1913, construction of the Beaux-Arts style building was funded by a wealthy Pennsylvania businessman. The building serves as the main branch for Winchester's library system. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and Virginia Landmarks Register (VLR) in 1969.HistoryJudge John Handley, an Irish-American coal magnate and lawyer from Scranton, Pennsylvania, visited Winchester several times and admired the city for its Scotch-Irish heritage. In his will, he left $250,000 for the city to erect a library "for the free use of the people of the city of Winchester" and schools for the poor. Construction of the library, designed by New York architects Barney and Chapman, was not begun until 1908. The cornerstone ceremony on May 26 was preceded by a large parade. The building's fireproof construction and facilities were considered advanced at the time of completion. The total cost of construction and furnishings was $233,230. The library opened on August 21, 1913, and originally featured a 300-seat lecture hall, study rooms and conference areas. C. Vernon Eddy was Handley's first librarian, serving in that position until 1960. Originally only white patrons were allowed to visit the library; in December 1953 city officials began allowing all residents to use the facility, regardless of race.
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  • Handley Regional Library is one of the most beautiful buildings - outside and in - that I've ever been to (and it's right here at home!). The parking is a little tough - mostly metered - but it's wort...  more »
  • I checked out a few books and used their computer for map quest directions. The friendly lady at the desk took the time to explain how the printer would work at her desk.  more »
  • I travel a lot and use "Books on Dvd's" to help pass the time on the road. The library has many titles to choose from, many off the best sellers list within a year. I also get Dvd's from movies and do...  more »
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  • Nice library. My wife put a hat on the little boy statue outside and a few nights later someone switched out the green to a red. :)
  • This is my favorite library. So much history and so much beauty. Friendly environment as well.
  • What a wonderful place to do reading, I do hope the Judge is watching.
  • Love the children's floor. Wish the place were open for at least a little while on Sunday. Working mom so it is hard to get there during the week.
  • Really nice library and a super friendly staff.
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