unknownWho wouldn’t want to live in the library? Seemingly a hundred years ago lots of people got to do exactly this. Andrew Carnegie provided funds for libraries to contain apartments for a caretaker and family. Some of these apartments survive, though whether any are still occupied for their original purpose seems doubtful.  Atlas Obscura brings us a story about the empty apartment on the top floor of my local branch library.

I can’t decide whether to go for this one, or perhaps the old gatekeeper’s cottage at the southern end of Fort Tryon Park which I’ve never known to be occupied by anything more than a wheelbarrow and a couple of bags of mulch stored there by the Parks Department. It does have a beautiful view over the Hudson River.