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Rare Book Room and Foyer

Designed by Frederick Rheinlander King (aka Frederic Rhinelander King) (1887–1972)

American, Rococo Style
ca. 1961 - 1963
wood and polychrome

Not on view


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The architect Frederic Rhinelander King--of the New York City architectural firm of Wyeth & King--e,ployed teak and ebonized maple flooring in the Rare Book Room. In the vestibule, he specified oak flooring with a tavernelle marble border and a tavernelle marble staircase leading from the vestibule to the underground storage area were manufactured by Peter Bratti Associates, Inc., New York. In the Rare Book Room, King's design for the French eighteenth-century inspired painted wood bookcases were made by Knipp & Company of Baltimore, Maryland. Today the Rare Book Collection houses all the rare materials of the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

J. Carder