The NYPL’s Rose Reading Room is officially a landmark

The Rose Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room in the New York Public Library’s main branch at 42nd Street have officially received interior landmark status after a unanimous vote by the Landmarks Preservation Committee.

State senators Brad Hoylman and Liz Krueger asked for the status in a letter in May, and the LPC worked quickly to put the vote on its calendar.

“This is the most important case in my time as a commissioner and it is an honor to participate in this designation. It deserves all the protections,” LPC Chair Meenakshi Srinivasan said at a public hearing about the designation last month, 6sqft reports.

The vote protects the rooms’ interior decorations, which includes its murals, plasterwork, metal and woodwork, light fixtures, windows, doors, balconies and (this is a library, after all), its built-in bookcases.

The rooms recently reopened after a two-year, $12 million renovation to the ceiling, lighting fixtures and murals, after a rosette from the ceiling crashed to the floor. [6sqft]