Manhattan Carnegie Libraries-Tompkins Square Branch-Pictures

New York Public Library Tompkins Square Branch


331 East 10th Street

New York, NY 10009

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 Tompkins Square library is located on the north side of East 10th Street facing Tompkins Square Park, between Avenue A and Avenue B.  Designed by McKim, Mead and White in 1904, the Tompkins Square 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 Tompkins Square Branch is a New York City individual landmark and continues to operate as a branch of the New York Public Library.  In 1960, the building was remodeled by architect Tito di Vincenzo, and made handicapped accessible in 1996 by RKT&B Architects under the Adopt-a-Library program.


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