The New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) 

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

ARCHITECT: Carrère & Hastings

DATE: 1898-1911

STYLE: Beaux Arts

Beaux Art Library

*Set back a considerable distance from Fifth Avenue, this handsome building is placed behind a long terrace extending the full length of the Fifth Avenue side. Flanked by the famous lions, broad steps lead to this terrace separated from the street by a raised parapet wall and a landscaped enclosure. A handsome low-rise flight of steps leads to the imposing entrance dominated by a superb central pavilion with a deep set triple arched portico embellished with coupled Corinthian columns. Surmounting the colonnade is an attic wall with six sculptured figures standing on the ledge of the ornately decorated cornice extending the full length of the building. On either side of the central pavilion wall niches contain sculptured figures above fountains, and five arched windows alternate with fluted Corinthian columns. The building terminates with the excellently proportioned pedimented end pavilions.

This building comes closer than any other in America to the complete realization of Beaux Arts design at its best. It has somehow managed to keep that light airy quality, so often seen only in architectural drawings, so rarely achieved in execution.

*Excerpt from the The New York Public Library Designation Report

The New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) is also an interior landmark

STATUS Designated Exterior and Interior Landmark

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Mar 6, 2019

Victory at NYPL: Vive les Beaux Arts!

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Feb 19, 2019

HDC@LPC – Testimony for LPC Hearing on February 19, 2019

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