Wall Street Journal (Dec. 3, 2012): Undertaking Its Destruction

Undertaking Its Destruction

 

 

 

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  • ADA LOUISE HUXTABLE

New York

There is no more important landmark building in New York than the New York Public Library, known to New Yorkers simply as the 42nd Street Library, one of the world’s greatest research institutions. Completed in 1911 by Carrère and Hastings in a lavish classical Beaux Arts style, it is an architectural masterpiece. Yet it is about to undertake its own destruction. The library is on a fast track to demolish the seven floors of stacks just below the magnificent, two-block

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