Upcoming Lecture: Saving the Lion’s Cage: NYPL’s Multi-Story Stacks

UPCOMING LECTURE at the Skyscraper Museum



Saving the Lion’s Cage: NYPL’s Multi-Story Stacks

The New York Public Library’s plan to remove millions of books from its
century-old building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street has elicited a roar
from many writers and scholars. But there has been little comment about the
historic value of the remarkable book stacks that will be destroyed once the
shelves are emptied. This construction of steel and iron, like a skyscraper
frame threaded with curtain-walls of books, is the innovation at the core of
the Library’s ingenious organizational scheme. The characters involved in
its invention and construction include a celebrated surgeon, an unsung
engineer, a Southern foundryman, and several of the most important
architects of the era. Architect and author Charles Warren will discuss the
history and construction of the stacks and their integral role in one of New
York’s most celebrated civic buildings.

Charles D. Warren is principal of the Manhattan firm, Charles Warren
Architect. He is the co-author of the two-volume monograph, Carrere &
Hastings Architects, and author of other books and essays on architecture
and town planning.

All booktalks, curator’s tours, and lectures are free and open to the
public. For evening programs, the gallery opens at 6:00pm to view our
current exhibit, URBAN FABRIC

Please RSVP by emailing programs@skyscraper.org or calling 212-945-6324.

More information about the move at NPR

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