The seven-story building itself was designed in 1902 by Beaux-Arts architecture specialists Carrère and Hastings, and finally opened in 1911. Its outdoor stone lions, nicknamed "Patience" and "Fortitude," greet visitors at the front steps. In 2008, billionaire financial adviser Stephen A. Schwarzman financed a $100 million expansion of the library system as a whole, and the main branch was renamed in his honor.
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Discover the significance behind some of New York City’s most famous and impressive buildings on this semi-private three-hour walking tour of New York City's ... Read more
Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)