The New York Public Library is considerably one of the most historic sites in New York City. In a way it is as iconic as the Empire States Building and houses a multitude of books that have survived for many years. It is considered as one of the most impressive buildings in New York City, boasting a grandeur and beauty that can rival any in the world. It is also arguably the world’s most famous library.
Within it houses some of the grandest reading halls in the world, foremost among them is the Rose Main Reading Hall. This majestic hall has been used by some of the greatest minds in history. It has played host to countless renowned writers, journalists, historians, Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize Winners for more than a century.
It has also has the incredible distinction of providing much needed information to inventors, activists and students and have helped them to hone their knowledge in their pursuit of human advancement.
And through the years the great hall has become one of the most sought after sight by tourists and locals alike, lured by the grandeur and beauty of the great hall. And through the years this great hall has undergone good number of restorations with the purpose of preserving the magnificent hall against the passage of time.
In the recent years there have been two major restorations on the hall, the first in 1998 which was funded by Library Trustee Sandra Priest Rose and her husband Frederick Phineas Rose, who renamed the room in honor of their children.
The second was completed in the fall of 2016, wherein the library concluded additional repairs to restore the Rose Main Reading Room’s ornate ceiling and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room’s mural. The second restoration was made due to an ornamental plaster that fell from the Rose Main Reading Room’s 52 –foot high ceiling in May of 2014.
After this incident the Library decided to conduct a full inspection of the ceilings of both the Rose Main Reading Room and the Bill Blass Public Catalog Room. The findings led the library to have the two rooms restored. And after 2 years of restoration the two rooms are now opening to the public once again to give visitors a glimpse of one of New York’s most iconic sights.