NY Pub­lic Li­brary re­opens fa­mous rooms

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LIVING -

Restora­tion com­pleted: Two ma­jes­tic in­te­ri­ors of New York City’s main pub­lic li­brary have re­opened after more than two years of re­pairs and con­ser­va­tion. A rib­bon-cut­ting cer­e­mony was held Wed­nes­day for the li­brary’s mas­sive Rose Main Read­ing Room and The Bill Blass Pub­lic Cat­a­log Room. The rooms in the li­brary’s

Stephen A. Sch­warz­man Build­ing were closed in May 2014. A 16½-pound plas­ter rosette dropped from the read­ing room’s or­nate ceil­ing. That prompted an in­spec­tion of the cat­a­log room next door. Its cen­tury-old ceil­ing mu­ral was found to have ex­ten­sive dam­age. Tif­fany Stu­dios de­signer James Wall Finn cre­ated cloud­scapes on the rooms’ ceil­ings in 1911, the year the Beaux Arts-style li­brary opened.

THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Peo­ple walk through the Rose Main Read­ing Room of the New York Pub­lic Li­brary’s main branch on Wed­nes­day in New York.

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