Photographer's Note

The Rose Main Reading Room of the NY Public Library is a combination of library, artwork, and architectural beauty. One can't help but be inspired as you sit and read in such a setting.

This room, which is situated on the third floor of the "main library" at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, is large. The dimensions are 23.8 m (78 feet) by 90.5 m (279 feet), with a ceiling height of 15.8 m (52 feet). Those dimensions are close to the equivalent of two NYC blocks.

There are oak tables, bronze lamps, and murals of the skies, which you can get a glimpse of in this photo.

The library itself is a Beaux-Arts building, made entirely of marble, and opened in 1911. It sits on the site of the former Croton Reservoir, which supplied NYC's drinking water in the late 19th century. Before construction could begin, workers spent two years dismantling the reservoir and preparing the site.

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Additional Photos by Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1978 W: 349 N: 4485] (15960)
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