HW Pick: The Beautiful Restoration Of The Iconic Rose Main Reading Room Reopens (Video)

nyc-library-restorationWe know that Harlem has simply fabulous libraries here uptown like the Schomburg Center for Research on 135th Street, the Countee Cullen Library on 136th Street, the Hamilton Grange Library, we could go on, and on and on. But this morning, the magnificent Rose Main Reading Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building officially reopened to the public. readingroom2016-06446For over 100 years, the Reading Room has served as an oasis for New Yorkers, a source of inspiration for writers and scholars, and a stunning attraction for visitors from around the world. Following a two-year renovation, the room is ready to serve future generations for many years to come. Visit the library to see the room in person, and don’t miss the final days of the exhibition Preserving a Masterpiece: From Soaring Ceilings to Subterranean Storage, open through October 9, 2016, which details the restoration of this iconic room.

Here’s a time lapsed teaser of the restoration:

Plus, check out photos, more videos of the restoration, the room, and the reopening ceremony, now available to view online HERE.

Photos by @sliceofpai and @ryanfitzgibbon via Instagram

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