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In Greenwich Village, at Sixth Avenue and West 10th Street, is one of those buildings that makes me feel like I've stepped back in time whenever I walk past it.

It's the Jefferson Market Library, a Victorian Gothic structure completed in 1877, that was based loosely on Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.

Before this building was erected, there was a market and fire lookout tower on this site, named after President Thomas Jefferson. It was demolished, and a new courthouse and prison were built. The court was in use until 1945, and then this beautiful building stood empty and unused for more than twenty years. It was almost demolished again, but a campaign was launched to save it, and in 1967 it reopened as a branch of the NY Public Library.

Now registered as a National Historic Landmark, Jefferson Market Library is definitely a unique location for checking out books. On the left there is also a small and beautiful garden where you can sit for a while and enjoy some quiet. I've sat there several times myself. :-)

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  • Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1237 W: 218 N: 1600] (6731)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2014-04-17
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2014-04-18 9:46
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