|New York Public Library on its opening day|
The huge and iconic New York Public Library was opened 100 years ago today by President William Howard Taft (who is remembered as a dishonest Republican president from Ohio). It is one of the most famous and recognized buildings in the United States.
|famous lions guard the entrance to the library|
The library is one of the four greatest beaux-art (classical) styled buildings built in the City of New York at the time, the other three being-
- Grand Central Station, which is still standing (thanks to the efforts of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - see the memorial inside the station to her)
- The Museum of Natural History
- Penn Station which was tragically torn down in the 1960's.
|Central Reading Room of the Library|
To see other examples of beaux-art architecture in New York look here: http://www.nyc-architecture.com/STYLES/STY-BeauxArts.htm