New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

476 Fifth Avenue

ARCHITECT: Carrère and Hastings

DATE: 1898-1911

STYLE: Beaux-Arts

Beaux-Arts Manhattan Midtown West

The Central Building of the New York Public Library occupies a fabulous site, that has often been referred to as “the crossroads of the world”. This majestic marble building, one of the masterpieces of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, is a magnificent civic monument and fully justifies the pride of its generation and of ours. It sits regally enthroned on a terraced plateau, displaying urns, fountains, flagpoles, sculpture and ornament. Replete with sparkle and delicacy, it is by night or day a joyous creation. This building comes closer than any other in America to the complete realization of Beaux-Arts design at its best.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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