New York Public Library (Main Lobby, North and South Staircases from first to third floor and Central Hall, third floor)

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

476 Fifth Avenue

ARCHITECT: Carrere and Hastings

DATE: 1898-1911

Library Manhattan Midtown West

The interiors of the New York Public Library display some of the finest stonework and vaulting in the City. The ornamental plaster ceilings are of great elegance. These rooms and staircases provide a grand approach to the facilities of one of the finest libraries in the world. Three paired, pedimented entrance doors, set beneath high arched transoms of glass, are embellished by ornamental wrought-iron borders. The great interior space of the entrance lobby is over seventy feet long and forty-four feet wide. This space is all of stone, including the two grand Staircases leading to the upper floors.

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

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