Exterior Ames Free Library
This library was commissioned in 1877 and designed by H.H. Richardson. Landscape by Frederick Law Olmsted.
Reading Room Fireplace
This fireplace is thought to have been designed by Stanford White. The bas relief of Oliver Ames that is inset into the fireplace is by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
The library room
The library room is known as an alcove type library that was just starting to go out of style as the Library was built. The barrel vaulted ceiling is of butternut wood.
A better view of the alcoves in the Library room.
Click here to see more of my photos of the Ames Free Library.
I visited the Park Avenue Armory on October 27, 2011. The Armory is located at Park Avenue at 66th Street in NYC. During my visit the exterior of the building, and several interior rooms were being renovated. It was also raining outside. I apologize for the darkness of these photos. It was the best I could do with the scaffolding blocking windows and the general gloom from the rain.
My primary purpose for visiting the Armory was to visit the Library / Silver Room and the Veterans Room. These two rooms were designed in 1880 and feature interiors designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Associated Artists. They are the only fully extant interiors by Louis C. Tiffany, Associated Artists in the world
The Associated Artists, was a cooperative firm of artists led by Tiffany and included Samuel Colman, Lockwood de Forest and Candace Wheeler with consulting architect Stanford White and artists George Yewell and Francis D. Millet.
I hope these photos entice you to learn more about this wonderful institution and the other interiors it has that were designed by other prominent Nineteenth Century artists. For more information click here.
The Veterans Room
Veterans Room Fireplace
Veterans Room Fireplace Mantle Detail
Veterans Room Ceiling Detail
Veterans Room Paneling Detail
Veterans Room Lighting Fixture Detail
Veterans Room looking towards Silver Room
The Library / Silver Room
Silver Trophies in the Silver Room / Library
Lighting Fixture in Silver Room / Library
To see more photos (most darker than these) see my Park Avenue Armory Flickr page.