Jefferson Market Courthouse in New York

A Love Affair with a Landmark in Manhattan: An Arresting Drama in Greenwich Village. [Opinions expressed are the views of OLD JEFF unless attributed to other - - potentially less-reliable - - sources, i.e., newcomers who have not been around since 1832 on Sixth Avenue.]

Sunday, November 13, 2005

130-year-old Face Needs a Kiss

Here's a great 130th birthday idea!
Get that ugly scaffolding off our favorite facade!
Use that $$ windfall you received, thanks to the generous City Council, N.Y.P.L., and do the right thing for once.

_ _ _ From the Jefferson Market Branch Records, 1967-1996
* * Historical note * *
The Jefferson Market Branch of The New York Public Library, located in Greenwich Village, opened in 1967.
The library occupies a New York City landmark building designed by architects Frederick Clark Withers and Calvert Vaux and was constructed during the years 1875-1876. It served as a courthouse from 1876-1945 and housed various city agencies from 1946-1958.
_ _ _ Community members, led by Margot Gayle and Philip Wittenberg, rallied to save the building from demolition. In 1961 Mayor Robert F. Wagner announced that it would be preserved and converted into a public library. The redesign was by architect Giorgio Cavaglieri. [Photo: Stained glass window inside Jefferson Market.]
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Jefferson Market.