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One of the most stunning rooms in New York was just designated as an official landmark

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Will Gleason
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An iconic New York space is about to turn a new page.

The Rose Main Reading Room, the centerpiece of the New York Public Library's main branch, was officially designated as an interior landmark this Tuesday along with the building’s Bill Blass Public Catalog Room.

The new designation means that the breathtaking beaux arts reading room, which opened to the public over a century ago in 1911, will now be protected in perpetuity.

Thankfully, the chances of the gorgeous space lasting that long were recently increased by a comprehensive $12 million, two-year renovation that was completed almost a year ago.

See below for more photos of NYC's timeless shrine to books and reading, which will hopefully be with us for many more years to come.

Photograph: Courtesy Max Touhey Photography

Photograph: Courtesy Max Touhey Photography

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