New York Public Library reopens famous rooms after restoration

FILE- In this July 22, 2013 file photo, patrons use the Rose Reading Room at the main branch of the New York Public Library in New York. The library has abandoned its $300 million plan to revamp its flagship midtown Manhattan building and move 1.5 million books to New Jersey aftercholars complained that moving the books would have created hardships for researchers. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

NEW YORK (AP) – 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.


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