The Claremont Library will be renamed the Claremont Helen Renwick Library in honor of a local philanthropist who donated the land for the building in 1919.
Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended the name change to commemorate Renwick’s work in support of the growing Claremont community in the early 1900s.
“Helen Renwick exemplified what it means to be a good neighbor. She actively sought ways to improve her community, and she made an impact that has lasted generations,” Solis said. “She supported future generations of readers, creating a special space for people from all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn. Claremont residents and lovers of learning owe Helen Renwick a debt of gratitude.”
Renwick, the widow of a wealthy lumber mill owner, also donated money for the construction of Rembrandt Hall — the art building at Pomona College — and the establishment of Pilgrim Place, initially a home for Christian missionaries and now a retirement community for residents who have served nonprofit or religious organizations.
Her home, which she bequeathed to Pomona College when she died in 1930 at the age of 85, has been designated as a historic place by the National Park Service.
“Helen Renwick was a patron of the arts, community leader and philanthropist,” said Tara Schultz, Claremont city manager, who called the naming a fitting tribute. “Her contributions to the town, colleges and community have cemented her legacy as one of Claremont’s most important early 20th century citizens.”