New York Public Library, 125th Street Branch

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

224 East 125th Street

ARCHITECT: McKim, Mead & White

DATE: 1904

STYLE: Renaissance Revival

East Harlem Manhattan Renaissance Revival

McKim, Mead & White’s philosophy was that the libraries were designed to serve two purposes: to be specific to their neighborhood yet universal in character, and to be expressive of a municipal building type. The striking Renaissance Revival-style building is of the palazzo type. The building is clad in rusticated Indiana limestone, and is three stories high and three bays wide. Large arched windows dominate the first floor with an entrance offset to the right with an arched glass transom above. The tall second-floor window openings are topped by arched decorative transom panels. The third floor has three small square windows that pierce the façade, creating a clerestory.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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