The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library

The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

Book - 2011
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The New York Public Library, one of the nation's architectural wonders, is possibly our finest classical building. Designed by John Merven Carr#65533;re and Thomas Hastings, and inspired by the great classical buildings in Paris and Rome, it was completed in 1911. The library boasts a magnificent exterior, but that is only the beginning. In the interior, one splendid hall follows another, an awesome gallery leads to richly decorated rooms, and stairways are vaulted in marble. From the terrace to the breathtaking Main Reading Room is a triumphal way. All the devices of the classical tradition, the main artistic current of Western civilization, are brought into play. Maidens, cherubs, and satyr masks look down from ceilings. Lions' heads, paws, rams' heads, and griffins are on every side. In this beautiful volume, featuring new color photography by Anne Day, every facet of the building is described, including its inception and construction.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2011
Edition: Rev. centenary ed
ISBN: 9780393078107
0393078108
Characteristics: 320 p. : ill. ; 31 cm
Additional Contributors: Day, Anne
Morrone, Francis 1958-

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