"Pierpont Morgan's 1906 Library" Exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum

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In 1902 American financier Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913) chose architect Charles Follen McKim (1847–1909) of the prominent firm McKim, Mead and White to design a library to house his growing collection of rare books and manuscripts. Adjacent to Morgan's home, which stood on the corner of Madison Avenue and 36th Street, McKim created a majestic structure in a classical style based upon villas of the Italian Renaissance. The exterior is constructed of Tennessee pink marble, the blocks set with such precision that virtually no mortar was used. A simple recessed portico is flanked by a pair of stone lionesses. Completed in 1906, Mr. Morgan's Library—as it was called for many years—is the historic heart of today's Morgan Library & Museum.

In 2010 the Morgan restored the interior of the 1906 library to its original grandeur. A new lighting system was installed to illuminate the extraordinary murals and decor of the four historic rooms. Intricate marble surfaces and applied ornamentation were cleaned, period furniture was reupholstered, and original fixtures—including three chandeliers removed decades ago—were restored and reinstalled. A late-nineteenth-century Persian rug (similar to the one originally there) was laid in the grand East Room. The ornate ceiling of the librarian's office, or North Room, was cleaned, and visitors are able to enter the refurbished space—now a gallery—for the first time. New, beautifully crafted display cases throughout the 1906 library feature selections from the Morgan's collection of great works of art and literature from the ancient world to modern times.

In 1966 the secretary of the interior designated Pierpont Morgan's 1906 library a national historic landmark. Both the exterior and interior of the library are also designated New York City landmarks.

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Schedule

Permanent event

Website

http://www.morganlibrary.org/ (venue's website)

Fee

Adults $15, Seniors, Students and Children under 16 $10, Members and Children under 12, and on Fridays from 7pm to 9pm Free

Venue Hours

From 10:30 To 17:00
fridays closing at 21:00, saturdays opening at 10:00, saturdays closing at 18:00, sundays opening at 11:00, sundays closing at 18:00
Closed on Mondays, Holidays

Access

Address: 225 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-685-0008 Fax: 212-481-3484

Corner of 36th St. Subway: 6 to 33rd Street or 4/5/6 and 7 to Grand Central

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