Building of the Day, Library, Tour
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
3:00pm – 4:00pm
476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016Sold Out
Center for Architecture
Original architect: Carrère & Hastings (1911)
Rose Reading Room Renovation: WJE Engineers & Architects with Evergreene Architectural Arts (2016)
The Rose Main Reading Room and Bill Blass Lending Room are located in the New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Designed by Carrere and Hastings in 1911, they contain 52-foot high ornate fibrous and metal lathe plaster ceilings including four murals and hundreds of suspended ornaments. After one of the rosettes fell in May 2014, WJE investigated and developed a restoration program which included reinforcement of all suspended plaster, allowance for plaster ceiling expansion, fibrous plaster consolidation, crack injection and new plaster work at damaged areas.