As promised in my last post, here is the NY Public Library on 5th Ave.
The cornerstone was laid in May 1902. It was completed in 1910 but it took another year for all the books to be moved in. The library was officially opened at a dedication ceremony in May 1911.
Click here to read the history of the library.
Let’s enter …
(You can click on pictures to enlarge)
The reason Deb and I were at the library in the first place was to see a small exhibit they had on the wonderful PBS Masterpiece series ‘Downton Abbey.’ Turns out the exhibit was across the street but had we known that we wouldn’t have had the pleasure of exploring this beautiful building.
March 11, 2012 at 11:28 am
Wonderful pictures. It’s been a few years since I’ve visited the NY Public Library, which is a shame since it’s just a subway ride away.
I may have to drop by for a visit soon.
Thanks for sharing. 🙂
March 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Magnificent building! I’m happy that you had a chance to visit, e en though the Downton Abbey exhibit was across the street.
Some of the color renderings in your photo of the Downton Abbey exhibit look like the work of French illustrator, Georges Barbier. I used these illustrations to inspire architectural details for a project I was working on a few years ago!
March 11, 2012 at 3:07 pm
To me and my two years in New York, this palace of books was the most wonderful place in the whole world, not only a refuge, but a museum and a place where you could about smell knowledge floating in the air. I love it, totally love it, and the lions (Patience and Fortitude) the silent guardians – I love them too.