Morgan Library
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Architect McKim, Mead, and White
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Location New York, New York   map
Date 1906   timeline
Building Type library, museum
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Italian Renaissance Revival
Notes Houses the art collection of J.P. Morgan.




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Discussion Morgan Library Commentary

"[T]he Morgan Library which cost in excess of $1.2 million, is one of the firm's finest buildings. While McKim was very much the designer of the structure and poured his heart into the details, as a later partner observed, the delicacy of the structure is not typical of him at all....The library was intended as a repository for his finest books, paintings and art objects and as a private office....After the meeting with Morgan in April 1902, McKim produced two designs: the first derived from Palladian villas, and the second, while having its origins certainly in Italian Renaissance garden casinos, was more suitable for an urban strongbox....In spite of the inevitable difficulties between the imperious Morgan and the stubborn McKim, a real affection and respect was evident in their relationship and the final building....The library exists today in excellent condition and is open to the public."

— Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead & White Architects. p218-224.


33 East 36th Street

Sources on Morgan Library

Benjamin Blom. A Monograph of the Works of McKim, Mead & White, 1879-1915. With an essay by Leland Roth. New York: Benjamin Blom, 1973. photo of exterior, plate 241.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. unit to whole diagram, p163.   Updated edition available at

Edward R. Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-06121-X. LC 89-31772. NA2840.F67 1989. drawing of wall detail, p56.   Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at

McKim, Mead, & White. The Architecture of McKim, Mead, & White in Photographs, Plans, and Elevations. New York: Dover Publications, 1990. ISBN 0-486-26556-0. LC 90-43684. NA737.M4A4. photo interior of East room, plate 247.

Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead and White, Architects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. NA737.M4W54. ISBN 0-8478-0491-7. LC 83-4534. NA737.M4W54 1983. p218-224. transverse section drawing, f285, p221. exterior perspective drawing, f280, p218.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Morgan Library


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