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Astor Library

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Astor Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
1. Astor Library Marker
Inscription. This Italianate structure, begun in 1849 and completed in 1881 was built by John Jacob Astor, whose sons later added the north and center sections. Three architects contributed to its design: Alexander Saeltzer (South Wing, 1849-1853); Griffith Thomas (Center Section, 1856-1859); and Thomas Stent (North Wing, 1879-1881). Originally the City's first major library broadly accessible to the public, the Astor collection was combined with the Tilden Trust and Lenox Library in 1912 to form the nucleus of the New York Public Library.

Plaque erected 1967 by
The New York Community Trust

 
Erected 1967 by The New York Community Trust.
 
Location. 40° 43.742′ N, 73° 59.509′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker is on Lafayette Street north of East 4th Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 425 Lafayette Street, New York NY 10003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (a few steps from this marker); Colonnade Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Cooper Union
Astor Library Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
2. Astor Library Marker - Wide View
The marker is to the immediate left of the entrance, with a generic National Register of Historic Places plaque and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society historical marker to its left.
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Merchants House of New York (about 400 feet away); De Vinne Press Building (about 500 feet away); 376-380 Lafayette Street (about 700 feet away); Firehouse Engine Company No. 33 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Stuyvesant – Fish House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York City.
 
Also see . . .
1. Astor Library (Wikipedia). (Submitted on July 14, 2017.)
2. The Old Astor Library, Now the Joseph Papp Public Theater (New York Times, Feb. 10, 2002). (Submitted on July 14, 2017.)
 
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Formerly the Astor Library, Now the Joseph Papp Public Theater image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, May 30, 2017
3. Formerly the Astor Library, Now the Joseph Papp Public Theater
The NYPL abandoned the building in 1911, and the books were moved to the NYPL's newly constructed building by Bryant Park. In 1920, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society purchased it. By 1965 it was in disuse and faced demolition. The Public Theater (then the New York Shakespeare Festival) persuaded the city to purchase it for use as a theater. It was converted for theater use by Giorgio Cavaglieri. The building is a New York City Landmark, designated in 1965. - Wikipedia
<i>Interior view of the Astor Library, New York</i> image. Click for full size.
Wood engraving in Gleason's Pictorial, 1854, v. 6, p. 124, courtesy of the Library of Congress, 1854
4. Interior view of the Astor Library, New York
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 14, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 83 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 14, 2017, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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