New York’s Protected Libraries
This October, we published the paperback edition of Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York, a showcase ofRead More
The first book to present great landmarked interiors of New York in all their intricate detail, Interior Landmarks is a visual celebration of space that captures the rich heritage of the city.
Since 1965, the New York City Landmarks Law has preserved for generations to come a remarkable number of significant spaces in New York City’s cultural, social, economic, political, and architectural history. Not only do the exterior facades of these buildings fall within the law’s purview, but many of their stunning interiors as well. Newly updated with current information, this book tells the stories of forty-six interior landmarks from the widely celebrated–Radio City Music Hall, the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grand Central Station–to others that are virtually unknown. A catalogue of all 120 interior landmarks, with names of their architects and locations, is also included.
Readers will learn about their original construction and style, their exceptional design features, materials, and architectural details, as well as the challenges to preserving them–whether they were unanimously accepted or hotly contested in legal battles–and the preservationists, philanthropists, politicians, and designers who made it possible. The book also includes updated details on the restorations or re-imaginings that took place. Combining strong visuals and thorough research, this valuable reference work will fascinate all readers with an interest in the city’s history.
This paperback edition is updated with current information, including the 2017 addition of The New York Public Library’s historic Rose Main Reading Room to the list of protected landmarks.
"This updated paperback edition doesn’t compromise the quality of Larry Lederman’s original photographs, nor does the addition of a gorgeous, glossy two-page spread spotlighting the luminous celestial ceiling mural of the New York Public Library’s Rose Reading Room. A must for lovers of architecture, history, and design and for anyone—tourist or native—who’s ever marveled at the marble, metal, wood, stone, plaster, and glass adorning the sanctuaries of New York’s notable buildings."
"Hidden inside New York City’s skyscrapers and low-rises are architectural gems carefully protected and preserved by dedicated patrons. A new book, “Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York,” aims to raise awareness of these spaces and encourage appreciation for their art and design by offering a glimpse at 46 spaces recognized by the Landmarks Preservation Commission."
"Lovers of New York history should make space on their shelves for this comprehensive volume." —Luxe Interiors + Design
"Forty-seven tales of interior landmarks in New York are highlighted in this book, capturing a slice of history and indoor space. Gura and Wood write with attention to detail about their picks, from the celebrated Grand Central Terminal and the infamous Tweed Courthouse to the dark corners of the Pierpont Morgan Library..."
"While preservationists have saved many New York City facades from the wrecking ball, interiors have proven harder to protect. Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York spotlights 47 preserved beauties, like Radio City Music Hall and the fantasy architecture of the Loew's Paradise Theatre in the Bronx."
"A living, breathing city can neither afford to exist as a museum nor lose its past. And in a city that changes as fast as New York, Interior Landmarks is a reminder that a fight for the right balance is never done and always necessary."
—The Atlantic's "CityLab"
Judith Gura and Kate Wood; Principal photography by Larry Lederman
Helen Thompson; photographs by Casey Dunn
Catherine Cody, Jo Lauria, and Don Choi; foreword by Wim de Wit
OJB. Foreword by Christopher Hawthorne; Essay by Peter Walker