November 24, 2014

WSJ: New York Public Library Rethinks Design (Central Library Plan)

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From the Wall St. Journal:

The New York Public Library, responding to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, will this fall unveil a new design that preserves a significant portion of them, its president, Anthony Marx, said Tuesday.

The library disclosed its plans in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal about alternatives it had considered to the $300 million renovation, which has sparked two lawsuits brought by scholars and preservationists, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, aiming to block the stacks’ destruction.

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he library still intends to build a new circulating library in the 80,000-square-foot space under the Rose Main Reading Room. But in contrast to renderings released in December, which envisioned a vast atrium, the new design will incorporate the stacks as “a prominent feature,” Mr. Marx said. They would hold the circulating library’s books and be configured in a way that allows patrons to “see and experience” what the stacks were like as originally conceived by the building’s architects, Carrère and Hastings, he said.

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See Also: New York Public Library is Firm on Plans for Renovation (Central Library Plan) (August 24, 2013)

See Also: Another Lawsuit Filed To Stop New York Public Library Renovation (Central Library Plan) (July 11, 2013)

See Also: New York: Lawsuit Filed to Stop New York Public Library Renovation (July 4, 2013)

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