Metropolitan Museum of Art, facing 5th Avenue at 82nd Street, is one of the world's richest museums. The first permanent building was erected in 1871, and since then many additions have been made.
Lower Manhattan as seen from Governor's Island, New York City.
South Hall, built at a cost of $4,000,000 and opened in 1934, is the gift of Edward S. Harness. Dr. Butler, President of Columbia University, describes the building as a "laboratory library, designed not merely for the storage and distribution of books, but for constant working with books". The exterior is designed in Italian Renaissance style with fourteen Ionic columns on the north facade. Present accommodations are for 3,000,000 volumes.