Tudor Gallery (14)

This large open area on the second floor of the Julia Ideson Building, is called the Tudor Gallery, named for Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, noted Houston philanthropists. Phoebe Tudor also served as the Chair of the Julia Ideson Preservation Partners. This gallery was originally the location of the Central Library’s circulation desk and card catalog files. 

Now restored to its original grandeur, the Tudor Gallery is the site of special receptions, dinners, weddings and other events.  

Notice the colorful wooden architectural details, the turquoise frieze with the golden edged medallions, and the marble columns.  In 1976, much of the building was painted off-white and as part of a restoration process the original paint colors were restored using microscopic analysis of paint samples. 

The columns are made of Vermont marble and provide structural support for the third floor gallery. The medallions in the golden tinged frieze, made of papier mâché, are said to represent the insignia of the world’s great libraries.   One does look like the head of Alexander the Great, perhaps representing the ancient library of Alexandria!

Now restored to its original grandeur, the Tudor Gallery is the site of special receptions, dinners, weddings and other events.