New Haven, CT Weekend

Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Attraction | 121 Wall Street, New Haven, CT; (203) 432-2977

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Beineke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

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This exceedingly important Yale library was, amazingly, designed by Gordon Bunshaft, the same architect behind the pioneering all-glass Lever House on Park Avenue. This later commission is a windowless antithesis to his earlier work, and ingeniously constructed using Vermont marble, which allows subtle light to filter through. That's not the only reason to venture inside, though: There's also a rare Gutenberg Bible displayed behind glass and a splendid Isamu Noguchi sculpture courtyard one level down. Free; www.library.yale.edu


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