Manhattan Carnegie Libraries- Fort Washington Branch-Pictures

New York Public Library Fort Washington Branch

535 – 537 West 179th Street

Manhattan, New York

Year built: 1914

Architect(s): Cook & Welch

Builder(s): William S. Crowe

Designation: Not designated.

The Fort Washington Branch of the New York Public Library sits on the north side of West 79th Street between St. Nicholas and Audobon Avenues in the Fort Washington neighborhood of upper Manhattan.

Designed by Babb, Cook & Welch, architects of eight Carnegie branch libraries, the Fort Washington Branch is an imposing limestone building recalling the popular aesthetic for institutional buildings at this time. It was built by the firm William S. Crowe, whom were responsible for the construction of three other Carnegie branches including the Mott Haven branch library in the Bronx and the 67th Street Branch in Manhattan.

The library opened to the public on April 14, 1914. It was the twenty-sixth and final Carnegie branch library to be erected in Manhattan.


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