NEW YORK – The New York Public Library is beginning construction of a new study and research room that will house 1,800 books and three portraits philanthropist Brooke Astor wanted to go to the library after her death at the age of 105 in 2007.
Library officials say that they will start with the construction of the Lenox and Astor Room is on the second floor of the central library building of the next month. The room is named after the library of the two founders, James Lenox and John Jacob Astor.
Brooke Astor had married Vincent Astor, the great-great grandson of John Jacob Astor.
The books, collected by Astor’s second husband, Charles Henry Marshall special-edition of the classics of history and literature.
Library officials say the room will be a quiet place for study, research and small seminars.
This story has been corrected to show that the new Lenox and Astor Room is named after John Jacob Astor, not Brooke Astor.