1911: New York Public Library Sectional View

They were serious about reading back then. Figured this image could generate a few comments. As far as I understand we are talking about 1911 here, but I'm not sure.
  • Wondering whether our underground library could be a reclaimed interior of the entirely buried structure.
  • Do we have any other similar examples from the 1850-1925 time frame?
A cross-section of New York Public Library’s 7 underground levels, 1911.jpg
 
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