State senators push to make the New York Public Library’s reading room a landmark

The Rose Reading Room (credit: Jiahui Huang)

The newly renovated reading study rooms inside the New York Public Library deserve landmark status just like the building’s elaborate halls and grand staircases have, say state senators Brad Hoylman and Liz Krueger. They sent a letter to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission last week to request that the Library’s Rose Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room, both located at 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, become interior landmarks.

“With restorations of these two major interior spaces complete and public use of the library’s interiors at an all-time high, we must now recognize the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room as the historic interior spaces that our city has come to treasure in our beloved library,” the letter reads.

Senator Liz Krueger told DNAinfo, “Now is the perfect time to protect these spaces in perpetuity and continue the process that began decades ago with the landmarking of the building’s exterior. Anyone who has stood in the Rose Reading Room knows that it is not only one of New York City’s cultural gems, it is one of the world’s great interior spaces.”

According to the LPC’s spokeswoman, Damaris Olivo, the agency is in the process of reviewing the rooms for designation. [DNAinfo]