This awe-inspiring 2-story residential library is utterly amazing! I’ve seen a whole lot of  mansions with 2-story libraries, but this library blows all of them out of the water. The museum quality library is located in the home of Dallas real estate mogul Harlan Crow, whose father Trammell founded the family business, Crow Holdings. The 34,453 square foot mansion is located at 4700 Preston Road in Dallas, TX. Boasting grand 2-story rooms, the home’s library is definitely the focal point. From the massive hand carved columns to the elaborate ceiling, this library is truly one of a kind. The home was designed by Sebastian Construction Group. What are some magnificent 2-story libraries that you know of?

  • Russell

    Great library its to bad I hate reading.




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    • Kenny Forder

      haha same here




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  • Barney

    Eye yi yi…..Fella’z…..you HATE reading?!? If you care about what people think of your intelligence, you’ll want to NEVER say that in print again! Seriously! Don’t mean to be purposely insulting here, but that statement really makes the speaker sound like an imbecile, which I’m sure neither of you are 🙂




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    • Kenny Forder

      Well, I HATED reading when I was in High School, but I like to read a good book every once in a while. Reading is not something I LOVE doing though lol. You can still be intelligent if you don’t like to read. If I didn’t know HOW to read, then that’s a different story 😉




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      • Barney

        Got it, Kenny. LOVING the blog, and every entry and house….it’s one of the few things I check online EVERYday. You’re doin’ a terrific job. I am continually amazed & speechless at the number and unbelievable SIZE of these gargantuan houses, and just HOW MANY of them are in financial distress and for sale now. While you’re still the age & stage of actually wanting to live in one of these giants, I’m at the age & point of seeing them for how ridiculous & wasteful just due to their size, (but still beautiful) they are…..but I’ll always love looking at & critiquing them.
        Don’t take my sentiments about the houses as any kind of negativity towards your blog….it’s just how I personally feel about them. Keep up the great work!




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        • Kenny Forder

          I totally understand. Thanks Barney!! thanks for being a loyal reader =)




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    • Daniel

      I’m sorry, but I honestly think the adage about reading books and more books and even more books equates to intelligence. I’ll be damned if someone who has read the entire Twilight Saga try’s to pull some s**t on me about being ‘more intelligent’ because I haven’t read a book cover to cover in years.

      I’ve heard this being regurgitated time and time again and absolutely despise the arrogance of some people just because they have time on their hands to sit down and ‘read a good book’.

      My point is, don’t ever think you are holier or more intelligent because you like/love to read and your may not…

      Nice library, by the way.




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      • Daniel

        And I really need to proofread my paragraphs before clicking ‘Submit Comment’.




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        • Barney

          Ummmmm, Daniel……….since you’ve interpreted my statement as “arrogance” and a “holier than thou” attitude, then you’ve taken totally unnecessary, personal offense and are sorely mistaken. And you’re also wrong in that even just a small amount of consistent reading (which does entail book reading from cover to cover) categorically DOES improve cognitive function and I.Q. It’s been proven, irrefutably, over & over in definitive papers & studies by top educators for many years. And, I do own a Barns & Noble Nook reader……they’re fantastic!




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  • Daniel

    My goodness…someone needs to invest in a Kindle.




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    • Onions

      hahahaha!!!

      Very nice decor nonetheless. Besides sex and picking on hippies, I love reading more than anything else. I’m like Henry Bemis on the Twilight Zone. Several things I would do different though:
      1. put the fireplace in the center. There seems to be a lot of wasted space right there and, by putting it in the center, you could actually have 2 separate reading lounges.
      2. create at least two balcony areas on the top.

      Great find though! Hands down, best private library I’ve ever seen.




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  • Venom

    Oh My God, that is the most amazing library I have ever seen.

    It might be able to fit about half of the books my mother has. lol




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  • Jason

    this library is actually more than just a collection of tomes to impress friends. I hear that there are original copies of well known authors that are hundreds and hundreds of years. old also, lots of research books and I believe one of the first published Bibles ever in the world. It can be accessed by special permission by scholars and has a full time librarian.




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    • Bryan

      I bet you that being the case they’ve got a security system that can detect a roach burping. An impressive mansion, but the value of the collection of books would be even more mind blowing. I hope they have a state of the art fire suppression system as well as security.




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  • Kyle

    1) Beautiful library!!

    2) Reading isn’t necessary to be intelligent, but it IS necessary to avoid being ignorant. It reminds me of a quote I once read on a blog: “You may have knowledge, but if it’s only in particular areas, you are guranteed to be an idiot.”

    There is a baseline level of education you need in economics, history, civics, etc…you are supposed to get this in school, but many people pass through school without really learning the material, and sometimes school doesn’t teach enough of it anyhow, or teaches it in a biased manner.

    So self-education is required. And self-education should continue throughout your life. Education should not stop with highschool or college. No, you don’t need to read non-fiction all the time, but you should read a decent non-fiction book on important issues every once in awhile to keep learning and educating yourself.

    Remember, citizenship is a duty. And everyone has opinions on policy. But very few people understand the policy issues in depth, even though they are in charge of voting in the people who will be running the country (less than half the country usually even votes!). So it is your job to educate yourself (a great irony is those who know the least about things often think they are among the most qualified in terms of how to run the country!).

    You ask Joe Schmoe how to fix a car, if he doesn’t know, he will say so. You ask someone how to fix a roof, they won’t give advice unless they know how.

    But you ask Joe Schmoe on policy issues, and EVERYONE thinks they’re an expert, especially usually those who know next to nothing on the issues.

    Government has to be the one profession where those who know the least usually think they are most qualified.




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    • Barney

      VERY well said, Kyle. I was delighted to read such a comprehensive, erudite response.

      Although, I will always still believe that a healthy (meaning clearly more than waaay to many people in this country have not read) amount of reading on a regular basis does at least, contribute (but not determine) to one’s I.Q. Daniel’s slam of my original statement was taken (unfortunately) in a personal, and not-entirely-adult slant, hence his wording.

      Also, I fear, more and more as I mature that your third-to-last paragraph regarding Joe Schmoe (love your adding of the “e”) proves to be less & less accurate. I’ve gotten completely LOUSY & WRONG advice on cars and roofs from supposed roofers & mechanics! GROAN. Anyway, Cheers.




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  • Kyle

    “VERY well said, Kyle” — thanks!

    “I’ve gotten completely LOUSY & WRONG advice on cars and roofs from supposed roofers & mechanics!”

    LOL yeah that will happen, my point just was that usually, if someone is clueless on these types of things, they will say so.




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  • Nick

    Hands down!!!

    The greatest, the biggest and the most extraordinary library was found!!! It’s located
    in TX.




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  • georgethegreek

    how big is this one?sqf?




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  • Ichabod

    The chief purpose of this library is for its books and manuscripts to be shared with the scholarly community.




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