It might surprise you to know that once there were “apartments on the top floors of New York City’s branch libraries.” And more than that, a few still exist.
But it makes sense when you realize that, as Sarah Laskow notes in this post in Atlas Obscura, many of these branches were Carnegie libraries built a century ago and needed someone to take care of them full time. Where better for the custodians and their families to live?
Today they are empty and falling apart but Ms. Laskow tells the full story from their glory days to today. Check it out.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.