Preservation Issues

Landmarks Commission Approves Morgan Library Plan

-36th Street Garden: Sketch, view towards Annex. Courtesy of Todd Longstaffe-Gowan

-Rendering of south elevation lighting design. Courtesy Tillett Lighting Design Associates.

The Conservancy supported a proposal for improvements along the 36th Street side of the Morgan complex, at a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing on Tuesday, October 29. The plan features new landscaping and lighting at the Morgan Library, the Italian-Renaissance masterpiece designed by Charles McKim and completed in 1906.

Pavers and plantings will be set in a geometric pattern that echoes design elements found within the building. The new pathways will increase accessibility. An elegant lighting scheme will brighten a dark stretch of 36th Street, with a focus on the magnificent entry loggia. And new signage across the Morgan complex will replace outdated information in a uniform program.

The Commissioners’ vote was unanimous. Work is expected to be completed next fall.

MORGAN LIBRARY – 36th Street Site Enhancements