It was immediately deduced that this week's Cornerspotter was a Carnegie Library, but it took a bit longer for it to be identified as the Muhlenberg Library at 209 East 23rd Street in Chelsea. An anonymous commenter was the first to name the general location, but PenAndInkUs got the name and exact address. The building opened in 1906, and it was one of 65 libraries built with funds from Andrew Carnegie. The historic photo was taken by Irving Underhill in 1912.
Designed by Carrere and Hastings, the building is a three-story limestone structure. It was renovated in 2000 to preserve the historic details and upgrade facilities to make the building wheelchair-accessible, and in 2001, it was officially designated a landmark.
· Hint: This Building is Still Used for the Same Thing [Curbed]
· NY Public Library, 209 West 23rd Street [MCNY]
· Muhlenberg Library [official]