The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building + NY Arts Magazine

The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 
Anatole Ashraf

 

One of the many reasons we can (proudly, loudly) call our city the greatest in the world are our public libraries. The idea of a library being completely open to the public, and most importantly free, was revolutionary at the inception of the New York Public Library in 1895, when almost all libraries in the 19th century were privately funded with admission and usage fees. The NYPL still represents a profoundly important concept, as evidenced by the city’s connection to the main branch of the library. Officially renamed in 2008 as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building following his donation of $100 million to the library, the main branch opened on May 23, 1911 after 14 years of construction. The Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America commemorates the library’s centennial with a revised and updated edition of The New York Public Library: The Architecutre and Decoration of the Stephen A. Scwarzman Building by Henry Hope Reed and Francis Morrone with photographs by Anne Day

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