New York Public Library, Tottenville Branch

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

7430 Amboy Road

CLIENT: New York Public Library

ARCHITECT: Carrère & Hastings

DATE: 1903-04

STYLE: Classical Architecture

Classical Staten Island Tottenville

Built in 1903-04, the Tottenville Branch of the New York Public Library is the oldest public library building on Staten Island and one of the oldest in the city. Its construction was the result of industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s unprecedented philanthropic campaign to extend and consolidate the library branch system in New York City, and eventually to erect library buildings throughout the English-speaking world; the Tottenville application was the first to be submitted when Carnegie’s program was announced in 1901.

The library building was designed by the notable architectural firm of Carrere & Hastings, which not only designed the Main Building of the New York Public Library and many branch buildings, including all the Carnegie libraries erected on Staten Island, but several other significant structures in that borough. As a public building and village symbol, the Tottenville Library is appropriately inspired by classical architecture, as exhibited in its entrance portico, thermal windows, and symmetrical layout, yet simultaneously the building has a subtle rustic quality, in keeping with the villagelike character of Tottenville and the landscaped site.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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