On August 8, 2017, the Commission unanimously voted to designate interior spaces of the New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at 476 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Designated spaces include the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room on the third floor. These interior spaces are New York City's 120th Interior Landmark.
Both the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Catalog Room have 52-foot tall ceilings and large arched windows that fill the rooms with natural light. The Catalog Room is 81 feet long and 77 feet wide, and the nearly two-block long and the Main Reading Room is 297 feet long and 78 feet wide. Both rooms feature a rich palette of materials, including Caen-stone walls, marble floors, elegant woodwork and bronze finishes, and important fixed furnishings, including Renaissance-style tables and bronze chandeliers. Of particular note are the molded plaster ceilings, which frame colorful murals of illuminated clouds, originally painted by James Wall Fine, and which were recently restored.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the Central Building of the New York Public Library (now the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building) in 1967, and its primary circulation spaces, including Astor Hall, the Central stairs and McGraw Rotunda were New York City's first interior landmark in 1974. Learn more