New York Free Circulating Library, Bloomingdale Branch

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

206 West 100th Street

ARCHITECT: James Brown Lord

DATE: 1898

Manhattan Upper West Side

The Bloomingdale Branch building, three stories over a basement, is of steel-frame fireproof construction with brick upper walls. The library was planned with the circulating library located on the main floor; bookshelves lined the walls and served as a room divider, separating the adult and children’s areas.

A reading room and reference library with a capacity of thirty-six seats occupied the second floor, and the third floor was devoted to janitor’s quarters and a storage room. The lighting of the facility was carefully planned and incorporated large windows in the front and smaller windows above the wall shelves at the rear, a large, inclined skylight with Luxfor prismatic glass, and fixtures fitted for both gas and electricity.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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