20 East End Avenue
Robert A.M. Stern’s Library
A well-curated library tells many stories beyond those that sit on its shelves, among them the story of whomever assembled the trove of titles that thrill, delight, and inspire. Providing an intimate yet communal space, libraries foster an unspoken connection between fellow readers—a rarely experienced luxury outside of a university or a local public branch.
20 East End Avenue’s wood-paneled library, designed by Robert A.M. Stern, will house one of the city’s most intriguing private book collections—curated by the architect himself—detailing the history of New York City and showcasing a selection of rare and out-of-print editions. Books will be nestled into alcoves and illuminated by overhead lights to maximize their visibility, and stately armchairs and plush sofas will beckon visitors to kick back and embark on a variety of literary adventures
Born in Brooklyn in 1939, Stern has made a singular impact on the modern New York City skyline, and his driving passions will be on display in the volumes that fill the library’s handsome shelves. Residents will be able to join Stern in celebrating the hometown he has made his artist’s canvas for more than 50 years.
Whether bibliophiles or those who just enjoy peaceful contemplation, residents of 20 East End Avenue are sure to covet this special space and an equally special collection.