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Troy Public Library

Troy Public Library
Established 1799-1800
Location 100 Second Street, Troy, New York 12180
Branches 3
Other information
Budget $800,000

Troy Public Library
Location 100 2nd St., Troy, New York
Area less than one acre
Built 1896
Architectural style Other, Italian Renaissance
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73001258[1]
Added to NRHP January 17, 1973

The Troy Public library is the main public library building in the city of Troy, New York, and is located across the street from Russell Sage College in downtown Troy. It has two other branches, the Lansingburgh branch and the Sycaway branch. Both branches were temporarily closed in January 2009. The first library began in 1799. The current building was completed in 1897 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, both in its own right and as a contributing property to the Central Troy Historic District.

Interior of the library

Funds to construct the downtown library, the Hart Memorial Building, were donated by Mary E. Hart to honor her late husband, William Howard Hart. Designed by the New York City architectural firm of J. Stewart Barney and Henry Otis Chapman Architects, the Hart Memorial Building, now known as the Troy Public Library, is a distinguished and early example of the American Renaissance style. When they came to design the Troy Public Library, Barney and Chapman were working in an emerging and exciting new style. This style evolved with the architectural success of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago which introduced the general public to what had been a more intellectual movement with a limited number of completed projects. Examples of the style prior to construction of the Troy Public Library include the Villard Houses (1886), The Low Library at Columbia University (1894) and the Boston Public Library (1887).[2]

Exterior Description

Rendering of the Library, 1894

The exterior west and south walls of the Troy Public Library are constructed of white Vermont marble. The walls are rusticated on the first story, and are contrasted with dressed stones, Ashler Masonry, on the upper story. The facades are articulated carved stone courses, water table, and cornice. The ornament surrounding the three windows on the Second Street side are highly detailed. The Ferry Street side of the building is a five bay loggia at the second story level. This building is topped by a stone parapet, with a balustrade over the entrance.[3] The building was described in the 1972, as "one of the finest examples of Italian Renaissance style in this country".[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Troy Public Library". Archiplanet. Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form". Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  4. ^ McKee, Harley (1972). "Report on Proposed Historic Districts in Troy, NY". Report. 

External links

  • History of the Troy Public Library
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