J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library

Building the Bookman's Paradise

Colin B. Bailey, Barry Bergdoll, Andrew Dolkart, Daria Rose Foner, Christine Nelson, Brian Regan

    ISBN: 978 1 78551 399 2

    Size: 304 x 224 mm

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 256

    In association with:

    Date published: June, 2023

    UK £35 /US $49.95


  • Published to celebrate the opening of the new restoration in the spring of 2022
  • Appeal for scholars of architectural history, preservationists, and urban history buffs


This beautifully illustrated publication celebrates the first-ever restoration of the exterior of J. Pierpont Morgan’s Library—the historic heart of the Morgan Library & Museum.

Morgan’s Library has stood as a significant cultural landmark ever since it was commissioned by J. Pierpont Morgan for personal use at the start of the twentieth century. Its transition to a public institution in the twenties has lent to an even greater flood of admiration and patronage, by both local and international audiences. The elegant design by Charles Follen McKim stands as one of the finest examples of neoclassical architecture in the United States, significant for its distinctive Italian Renaissance style and its opulent interior period rooms.

The site has been designated both a National Historic Landmark and a New York City landmark, and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The book, following on the heels of the completed restoration, will punctuate this latest milestone in the building’s storied history.

Author information

Colin B. Bailey, Director of the Morgan Library & Museum, is a specialist in eighteenth- century French art.
Barry Bergdoll is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and the former chief curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Andrew Dolkart is a professor of historic preservation at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Daria Rose Foner is the former Research Associate to the Director of the Morgan Library & Museum and is now with the Old Masters Department at Sotheby’s, New York.
Christine Nelson is the former Drue Heinz Curator of Literary and Historical Manuscripts, The Morgan Library & Museum, now Fellowships Manager, the Library Company of Philadelphia.
Brian Regan is the architectural advisor to the Morgan Library & Museum.