Leon Reid IV 100 Story House Model
100 Story House

A public art project by Julia Marchesi and Leon Reid IV



The Hundred Story House had a fantastic opening on September 9th! The House will remain at JJ Byrne Park through October 26th. We encourage all to come, enjoy, READ!

WHERE: JJ Byrne Park, 5th Avenue btwn 3rd & 4th St. Park Slope, Brooklyn.

TRANSIT: G or F Train to 4TH AVE. R Train to 9TH ST.

BRING the books you no longer need. TAKE the books you want to read.






100 Story House Leon Reid IV Julia Marchesi 2012


100 Story House Leon Reid IV Julia Marchesi 2012

100 Story House Leon Reid IV Julia Marchesi 2012


Brooklyn is very bookish. If you walk the streets on a fair weathered weekend in certain neighborhoods, you will notice a system of informal and anonymous book-sharing. You will see piles of books lying on sidewalks or stacked on brownstone steps, available to any passersby looking for a good novel, or a cookbook from 1972.

This tradition is a testament to the limited storage of our homes, but also to the distinctly Brooklyn spirit of small-scale community interactivity that can be possible in a huge metropolis. It also speaks to a shared love of the written word -- as do our many bookstores, public libraries, and coffee shops filled with famous (or soon-to-be) writers at work.

But in our increasingly digitized age, the form that books take has changed, and so has the nature of ‘community’. Our laptops and phones and e-readers allow us to withdraw into our insular spaces, changing the way we interact with each other -- and how we experience the written word.

The 100 Story House is a piece of interactive public art. It is a miniature Brooklyn brownstone whose windows open upon shelves of books (about 100 of them), which can be borrowed by the community. House is a tiny lending library open to all and operating on the honor system -- take-a-book, leave-a-book.

This is an effort to celebrate the BOOK as a physical object, and the pleasure of holding it in your hand. Or better yet, placing it in someone else’s.

Leon Reid IV 100 Story House Site Rendering

100 Story House site rendering.



Leon Reid IV 100 Story House Technical Details

100 Story House technical details.



We thank you very much for making our Kickstarter campaign a success! and we plan to realize 100 Story House by Spring/Summer 2012. Backers will receive memorable rewards such as coffee mugs, t-shirts- even original artwork according to the level of contribution. We thank you very much for your support!


"The 100 Story House brings two of my favorite things together; public art and public libraries."

-Katherine Lorimer, Goethe Institute NYC


Julia Marchesi is a Brooklyn-based documentary film producer.  She most recently produced and directed an hour of the ten-part series "Finding Your Roots" with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., which will air on PBS in March 2012.  Her interest in documentary film was borne out of a desire to explore history through a well-told story.  ...She came up with the idea for a miniature lending library the same day she got a Kindle.

Leon Reid IV is a public artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His sculptures have been commissioned in cities throughout the United States, Europe and South America. He holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and an M.A. in Fine Art form Central St. Martins School of Art and Design in London, U.K. To see more of his work visit www.leonthe4th.com


Contact: juliamarchesi@gmail.com CC: leon4th@gmail.com

Twitter: #100storyhouse



Press coverage:


The Polis

The Gothamist

Animal New York


The Streetspot


Metro Focus

Remain Awesome



Media Bistro


New York Daily News

The Village Voice

The New York Observer

The L Magazine


Hundred Story House Bookmark 4"x6"

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Hundred Story House T-shirt Size L

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Hundred Story House Coffee Mug

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