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Stained glass beauty at Jefferson Market Library

December 14, 2012

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.