The Rosendale Library, formerly the All Saints' Chapel, is located on Main Street in Rosendale, New York, United States. It was originally built as a Gothic Revival Episcopal church from locally mined Rosendale cement, a material which covers the stonework exterior walls.Work out when and for how long to visit Rosendale Public Library and other Rosendale attractions using our handy Rosendale trip planning app .
After floods from nearby Rondout Creek damaged the building in the mid-1950s, the church abandoned it. It also survived a fire in the mid-1970s. A newly formed local library district was created to restore it for use as a library. In 1986 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The chapel is a one-story two-by-five-bay building with a rectangular chancel. Its walls are uncoursed cement rock rubble laid in Rosendale cement, with some embellishments and flourishes at windows and doors. A fire in the mid-1970s required the replacement of much of the original interior decoration, although the original wood ceiling is intact. All but two of the stained-glass windows had to be replaced as well. The building was designed to hold 150 people.
Rosendale Public Library Reviews
...the staff is a tad inconsistent, to say the least. Some of them are very helpful and friendly while some (one in particular) are very rude and nasty, acting as if ANY question or request for assist... more »
The building itself is worth a trip. Found a great selection of history books about local places and events. I remember visiting this library over 30 years ago and think they have done a great job mai... more »
Excellent helpful staff
A very nice and quiet rural library with friendly and helpful staff. We were there to do some genealogy research for our family tree. They had lots of material for us to review. Really awesome.
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