Manhattan Carnegie Libraries- 125th Street Branch -Pictures


 New York Public Library 125th Street Branch



224 East 125th Street

New York, NY 10035

Year(s) built: 1904

Year opened: 1904

Architect(s): McKim, Mead & White

Builder(s): Michael Reid & Company

Status: Library, New York City individual landmark

The 125th Street library was originally named the Harlem Branch, until the name was given to another Carnegie branch on West 124th Street in 1909   The building is located on the south side of East 125th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.  The building’s area is 4,008.67 sq. ft.

Designed by McKim, Mead and White in 1904, the 125th Street Branch was one of twelve Carnegie libraries the preeminent architectural firm would build; the last was the 1923 Fordham Branch.  It is one of twenty Carnegie branch libraries built in Manhattan and one of sixty-seven throughout the whole city.  The builder, Michael Reid & Company, built eight additional branches with McKim, Mead & White.

The 125th Street Branch is a New York City individual landmark and continues to operate as a branch of the New York Public Library.  The structure was rehabilitated in 1953-4, and again in 2000 through the Adopt-A-Library Program.


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