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Iconic Jefferson Market Going Under the Knife

[Photo by Flickr user Boss Tweed]

The crumbling Jefferson Market Library, long slated for a serious makeover, is one step closer to restoration today. Per CityRoom, the city has greenlit a $7 million project that will fix the 130-year-old building's façade, windows, roof, tower and various structural defects. The building had been threatening pedestrians for a number of years, requiring copious scaffolding to protect passersby. Originally a courthouse, the Gothic gem has been a library since 1967, deferring its inevitable conversion to condos with a ground-floor bank branch or pharmacy.
· A Long-Needed Restoration for a Victorian Gothic Masterpiece [CityRoom]
· Jefferson Market Facade Work Happening, But Not Fast [Curbed]