LPC Grants Landmark Status to Seward Park Library
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The Landmarks Preservation Commission first decided it would hear the case for the Seward Park Library back in December. At the time our gut told us this would be a shoe-in. Sure as shit, six months later, the iconic building at 192 East Broadway is now officially protected. Yesterday afternoon, the city agency voted unanimously to award the popular library landmark status.
The origins of the institution date back to 1886 when the Aguilar Free Library Society opened a branch here. Two decades later, in 1909, the four-story red brick Renaissance Revival building was opened to the public. The facility boasted a circulation of 425,571, which was the highest of any other NYPL at the time.