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Murry Guggenheim House
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Guggenheim Library
Location Cedar and Norwood Avenues, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Area 7 acres (2.8 ha)
Built 1903 (1903)–1905 (1905)
Architect Carrère and Hastings
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
NRHP reference No. 78001778
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Added to NRHP March 28, 1978

The Murry Guggenheim House, also known as the Guggenheim Library, is a historic building located at Cedar and Norwood Avenues in West Long Branch, New Jersey. This Beaux-Arts mansion, designed by Carrère and Hastings in 1903 as a summer residence, is now the Monmouth University library.

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 1978.

History

Murry Guggenheim
Murry Guggenheim

In 1903, Murry Guggenheim (1858–1939), son of Meyer Guggenheim, bought property in West Long Branch to build a summer residence for himself and his wife, Leonie. The Beaux-Arts architecture firm of Carrère and Hastings was hired to design the building. The firm had achieved prominence with the design for the New York Public Library in 1897. The mansion was started in 1903 and completed in 1905. An addition was built in 1967 on the north side that doubled the available space for the library. In 2003, the library underwent a second expansion, for $14 million, which increased its capacity by 100,000 books.

Description

The building is a two-story Beaux-Arts style mansion with curved side wings and Palladian arcades. The exterior is covered with white stucco. The interior features a grand corridor with Ionic columns.

The design by Carrère and Hastings was honored with a Gold Medal by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1903. It was styled after the Grand Trianon in Versailles.

Legacy

After the deaths of Murry and Leonie, the property transferred to the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Foundation in 1959. The Foundation then transferred it to Monmouth College, now Monmouth University, in September 1960. After a year of modifications to convert the building into a college library, it was dedicated as the Murry and Leonie Guggenheim Memorial Library on September 24, 1961.

The estate also included a nearby stable and carriage house at Cedar Avenue, which was donated to the college in 1961. It is now the Lauren K. Woods Theater.

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