Why is this building significant?
The Gould Memorial Library is considered Stanford White’s masterwork. The monumental library’s rotunda incorporates Greek sculptures and a coffered dome. The building’s interior is decorated in marble, stone, mosaic, wood, and bronze, with Tiffany glass highlights. The Hall of Fame is part of a colonnade surrounding the library. The open terrace with Guastavino vaults and tile roof contains the busts of noted scientists, writers, politicians, and many other significant American figures. At the time of their construction, the structures were part of the uptown campus for New York University; the campus is now home to the Bronx Community College.
What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?
We joined an advisory group promoting the complex’s restoration and reuse and provided a $20,000 grant for repairs and structural reinforcement at the library’s entrance. An additional $15,000 grant helped fund a conditions assessment to guide future restoration efforts.