New York Public Library, Port Richmond Branch

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

75 Bennett Street

CLIENT: Andrew Carnegie

ARCHITECT: Carrere & Hastings

DATE: 1904-05

STYLE: Classical Revival

Classical Revival Port Richmond Staten Island

Opened on March 18, 1905, the Port Richmond Branch of the New York Public Library is one of four Carnegie branch libraries on Staten Island and one of sixty-seven in New York City, built with Andrew Carnegie’s 1901 donation of $5.2 million which established a city-wide branch library system.

The distinguished and prolific architectural firm of Carrere & Hastings designed the Port Richmond Branch as well thirteen other Carnegie branch libraries and the Main Building of the New York Public Library. The library, prominently sited on a comer, is Classical Revival in style with a center entrance highlighted by a columned portico above a flight of stairs leading to an interior brightly lit by large arched windows

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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