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The Huxtable New York Public Library

“It’s fair to say that the New York Public Library’s announcement last week that it is scrapping its controversial renovation plan probably never would have happened but for the efforts of Ada Louise Huxtable, the Journal’s late architecture critic. In 2008, the library announced a plan of consolidation and renovation that called for selling the Mid-Manhattan circulating library and the Science, Industry and Business branch, their functions to be absorbed into the Stephen A. Schwarzman building on Fifth Avenue, the library’s flagship facility and principal research arm. To make room, seven floors of stacks under its Rose Main Reading Room would be demolished, the books divided between existing storage in New Jersey and new storage under Bryant Park. The projected cost was $300 million, with slightly more than half coming from the city of New York.” (via

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