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"The Lenox Library: A Treasure House for Gilded-Age New York," with Sally Webster, Professor Emerita of American Art at Lehman College and the Graduate Center.

May 2, 2013

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Mid-Manhattan Library

The New York Public Library, which opened in 1911, had two predecessors--the Lenox, on upper Fifth Avenue where the Frick Collection now stands, and the Astor housed in the landmark building occupied by the Public Theater.  The two libraries differed from one another and from what was to follow.  The Astor was essentially a non-lending library and reading room for the citizens of New York, while the Lenox was a treasure house of rare books and works of art.  Through the use of archival photographs, sketches and prints, this lecture will illuminate Richard Morris Hunt’s design and the interior display of books and art established by Lenox and his librarians.