Lynbrook Library could go down in the history books | Herald Community Newspapers

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By Madeline Armstrong

Village officials and Lynbrook Public Library trustees are seeking historic landmark status for the library.

According to the director of the library, Robyn Gilloo, the request will be formalized next spring. Places that receive such a distinction “bring particular historical, cultural or aesthetic value to the city”.

Built in 1929, the library is significant for its architecture, which resembles many Carnegie-style libraries built between 1883 and 1929. Mayor Alan Beach said the facility was also founded by a group of women active in the movement for the suffrage in Lynbrook. . Additionally, Hugh Tallent, a renowned architect, designed the library. He also designed the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Aguilar Branch of the New York Public Library, and numerous Broadway theaters that have been given historic landmark status.

“The age of the building doesn’t necessarily qualify it as a landmark,” Beach said. “Monument status must demonstrate various factors including, for example, social significance, architecture, and affiliation with historical events or persons.”

Applying for historic landmark status can be difficult, the mayor noted. “It’s a very technical process that requires extensive research,” Beach said.

According to Gilloo, the process could take around a year. Beach said he was hopeful about the library’s chances of success, as village historian Art Mattson is involved and was successful in having Rockville Cemetery and the Bristol and Mexico Monument marked five years ago. years. The 18-foot marble obelisk honors the victims of two shipwrecks, which killed 215 mostly Irish immigrants off Long Island in 1836 and 1837.

The library has been a vital community resource for decades and has survived many obstacles and changes, including those brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Although it was due to close at the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the establishment, located at 56 Eldert Street, has expanded its collection of e-books, downloadable audio and magazines, while offering many programs, such as crafts and story time.

The library has returned to more normal operations in recent months, allowing patrons to browse in person and participate in many events while allowing them to virtually explore the library’s offerings.

“Landmark status will bring pride to the community and prestige to the library,” Beach said. “Plus, it could make the library eligible for historic preservation grants.”

Grants could help keep the library intact, preserving its value and history. Beach urged community members to participate in historical research to gain historic status for the library.

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