Pierpont Morgan Library and Annex – Exterior and Interior

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

225 Madison Avenue

ARCHITECT: McKim, Mead & White; Charles F. McKim

DATE: 1902-07

STYLE: Italian Renaissance Eclectic

Italian Renaissance Eclectic Manhattan Murray Hill

The Pierpont Morgan Library and Annex are one of the finest neo-Italian Renaissance buildings in New York City incorporating the talents of architect, sculptor and painter. They were designed to house the extensive book, manuscript, and art collection of J. Pierpont Morgan. They represent the finest available both in use of materials and craftsmanship. Their architectural details are both refined and delicate and that the classical purity of the Library exerted a marked influence on the general development of architecture in this country at the time it was built.

The interior and exterior harmoniously work together to create a splendid showcase for Morgan’s collection.  The interior is particularly distinguished by the extensive ceiling murals, and the rich array of wood and marbled surfaces. The murals , which are based on Renaissance prototypes, depict themes that allude to Morgan and his collection.

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

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