About Walker Branch

Walker Branch is closed for building improvements from October 21 through December 7.

Neighborhoods Served

  • Beverly
  • Morgan Park
  • Mount Greenwood
  • West Beverly
  • West Pullman

History

  • Walker Branch was designed by architect Charles S. Frost in the Richardson Romanesque style.
  • It is listed in the Chicago Historic Resources Survey.
  • The exterior walls, built in 1890, are the oldest structure owned by Chicago Public Library.
  • The branch was built and donated by George Clark Walker, a pioneer Chicago businessman and a founder and president of the Blue Island Land and Building Company.

Artwork

  • Walker Branch features artwork funded through the Percent for Art Ordinance administered by the City of Chicago Public Art Program, including:
    • murals entitled “Knowledge That Books Give” by Oscar Romero
    • a ceramic tile installation by David Russick