New York Public Library, Tompkins Square Branch

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

331 East 10th Street

ARCHITECT: McKim, Mead & White

DATE: 1904

STYLE: Classical-inspired

Classical-inspired East Village Manhattan

This library was the Classical-inspired style that was the hallmark of the firm’s library designs as well as a major characteristic of New York City’s Carnegie libraries and other public buildings of the period. It is articulated through the symmetrical composition, limestone facade with classical cornice, rusticated pilasters, arched and rectangular door and window openings, modillioned cornice, and other features.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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