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Jefferson Market Library

This architecturally idiosyncratic curiosity was built between 1874 and 1877 as local courthouse by a team including Central Park architect Calvert Vaux, and stayed in-use through the end of the Second World War. Previously, the block had been the site of a local market, and the soaring northern clocktower is a tribute to a fire-lookout tower constructed on the corner to warn peddlers of approaching disaster. Following its retirement as a courthouse, the building was slated for demolition, but...

This architecturally idiosyncratic curiosity was built between 1874 and 1877 as local courthouse by a team including Central Park architect Calvert Vaux, and stayed in-use through the end of the Second World War. Previously, the block had been the site of a local market, and the soaring northern clocktower is a tribute to a fire-lookout tower constructed on the corner to warn peddlers of approaching disaster. Following its retirement as a courthouse, the building was slated for demolition, but local residents rallied to save the peculiar structure, and it was quickly (and somewhat awkwardly) reworked into a branch library in 1967.

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425 6th Ave.
New York City, NY 10011
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Monday and Wednesday: 12:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Tuesday ,Thursday, Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday: Closed
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Stories in the spotlight: Jefferson Market Library

Text courtesy of Jewish Women's Archive and Travelgoat.

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