The City Council on Wednesday approved declaring the former Richard Henry Dana Library in Cypress Park a historic cultural monument. The 85-year-old Georgian-Revival style building on Pepper Avenue has been vacant since it was replaced by a new larger library. The old library, which is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed in 1926 when the library system added 12 branches, according to a Cultural Heritage Commission staff report. How did the old Cypress Park library end up named after a 19th century author and sailor? The staff report explains:
It was given the name of Richard Henry Dana as a part of an effort to have the public submit name ideas after famous literary icons and pioneers related to California.