Stained glass beauty at Jefferson Market Library

Jeffmarketstainedglass2When you gaze at the castle-like exterior, it’s hard to imagine that this 1870s Romanesque courthouse-turned-library branch could be any lovelier on the inside.

It is. Head up the grand spiral staircase and into the main reading room. The whole way, you’ll be struck by enormous stained glass windows as beautiful as those in any church.

Designed by Charles Booth (who also created stained glass at Grace Church on Broadway and 10th Street), they mostly feature geometric patterns.

Then there are these Pre-Raphaelite beauties, forever illuminating that breathtaking staircase.


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7 Responses to “Stained glass beauty at Jefferson Market Library”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    I used to sit there for hours reading, looking about and peering out the windows but that little walk up the circular stairway was a treat in itself. The windows sure were nice but the stairs were tricky, skipped a step many times in going up or down, they narrowed or widened with every step you took. You had to watch it or gazing up at the windows would cause you to tumble.

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    It really is an incredible place to read, quiet and beautiful and imaginative . . . beats every coffeeshop!

  3. Valorie Grace Hallinan Says:

    What a wonderful blog! A friend sent me your link. Glad to have found you. I used to live in NYC and have always loved it.

  4. wildnewyork Says:

    Thanks! I love browsing book blogs too.

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  7. trilby1895 Says:

    When working in the Village, I used to spend lunch hours browsing the collection for books to bring home and read finding that wonderful library absolutely irresistible. And then I learned that the building had been a police court and that Harry K. Thaw had been jailed within during his trial for the murder of famous Gilded Age architect / New Yorker, Stanford White. New York is filled with incomparable stories, often when one least expects to find them.

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