New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) Interiors, Main Reading Room and Catalog Room

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

476 Fifth Avenue

ARCHITECT:  Carrere & Hastings

DATE: 1900-11

STYLE: Beaux-Arts

Beaux-Arts Library Manhattan Midtown West

These interiors are examples of Beaux-Arts design, and the library’s principal public spaces. The Main Reading Room and Catalog Room are the primary destination for most visitors to the library. Both rooms have 52-foot tall ceilings and round-arched windows that fill the interiors with natural light, and are expressed on the exterior within a prominent roof line. The Catalog Room is 81-feet long and 77-feet wide and the nearly two-block long Main Reading Room is 297-feet long and 78-feet wide.

STATUS Designated Interior Landmark

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