NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Two majestic interiors of New York City’s main public library are reopening next month following more than two years of repairs and conservation.
The Rose Main Reading Room and The Bill Blass Public Catalog Room will open on Oct. 5.
The adjacent historic rooms were closed in May 2014 when a 16-inch plaster rosette dropped from the reading room’s ornate ceiling. That prompted an inspection of the catalog room. Its century-old ceiling mural was found to have extensive damage.
The Beaux Arts-style library, officially known as the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, is offering a free exhibition that documents the restoration and other recent preservation work at the landmark building. “Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage” runs through Oct. 9.
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