New York Public Library, Seward Park Branch

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

192 East Broadway

ARCHITECT: Babb, Cook, & Welch

DATE: 1908-09

STYLE: Italian Renaissance Revival

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The Seward Park Branch of the New York Public Library has served the immigrant community of the Lower East Side since it opened its doors on November 11, 1909. This building was one of 20 branch libraries in Manhattan and one of 67 total in the five boroughs funded by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie’s 1901 donation of 5.2 million dollars to the New York Public Library.

This three-story brick and limestone-trimmed Italian Renaissance Revival style building features a rusticated limestone base, arched window and door openings with keystones and console brackets, molded window surrounds; rusticated quoining at the building corners, a limestone frieze with the “New York Public Library” inscribed below a modillioned cornice, a limestone balustrade with piers capped by finials, and a copper railing of anthemia running between each pier.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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