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The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
     

The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

by Henry Hope Reed, Francis Morrone, Anne Day (Photographer)
 
With new color photography showing off a thorough inside-and-out refurbishment, this volume celebrates a beloved landmark.
The New York Public Library, one of the nation's architectural wonders, is possibly our finest classical building. Designed by John Merven Carrere and Thomas Hastings, and inspired by the great classical buildings in Paris and Rome, it was

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With new color photography showing off a thorough inside-and-out refurbishment, this volume celebrates a beloved landmark.
The New York Public Library, one of the nation's architectural wonders, is possibly our finest classical building. Designed by John Merven Carrere 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The main building of the New York Public Library, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, was designed by the notable New York City architectural firm Carrère and Hastings after an extensive national competition and completed in 1911. Originally published in 1986, this book has been updated for the building's centennial with revisions, new photographs, and full treatment of the extensive restorations and renovations that have been undertaken throughout the massive building complex. It contains over 50 beautiful pages of detailed color photographs, comprising an extensive verbal/visual glossary of classical architectural terms as well as a complete list of the sources of the principal materials and surfaces throughout the building, stretching from Athens, Greece, to Knoxville, TN, including Italy, Germany, France, and Vermont. Unfortunately, there are no footnotes or bibliography. VERDICT Few books or buildings meet the standard of this publication and its subject; it is one of the finest books this reviewer has seen on the classical style in the Beaux Arts period in America (roughly 1890–1940). Highly recommended to all larger public and academic libraries throughout the world.—Peter S. Kaufman, formerly with Boston Architectural Coll.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393078107
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
06/20/2011
Edition description:
Anniversary Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
911,194
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Henry Hope Reed is founder and president of Classical America and is the author of numerous books, including The Golden City and The New York Public Library. He lives in New York City.

Francis Morrone is an art and architecture critic who writes book reviews, film criticism, and design criticism for many publications. He has written architectural guides to Philadelphia and New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Arthur Ross Award in History/Journalism, given by The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA).

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