10. The Morgan Library and Museum (1902-1906)

The Morgan Library and Museum
Photo courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.

The Morgan Library & Museum was built between 1902 and 1906 next to J.P. Morgan’s New York residence at Madison Avenue and 36th Street. Many referred to the building as “Mr. Morgan’s Library” as it was his primary private study until 1924 when J.P. Morgan Jr. gifted the library to the public.

The library expanded with the addition of the Annex Building that replaced J. Pierpont Morgan’s residence by means of a gallery and a garden. The most drastic change to the Morgan Library campus was the 2006 addition of an Italian-inspired piazza crafted by architect Renzo Piano. His design connects the library’s three buildings by steel and glass pavilions.

Next, check out 10 Historic Branches of the New York Public Library and Their Unique Collections in NYC to learn more about the city’s libraries!