Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Low Library

New York is home to many universities, one of the most well-known of which is Columbia University in the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan. This building, the Low Memorial Library, is probably one of the most recognizable on the campus. Here is some info from Wikipedia:

The Low Memorial Library is the administrative center of Columbia University. The steps leading to the library's columned facade are a popular hangout and meeting place for Columbia students, as well as home to Daniel Chester French's sculpture, Alma Mater, a university symbol that is the subject of many rumors. Low Library was officially named a New York City landmark in 1967, then a National Historic Landmark 20 years later. It is capped by the largest freestanding granite dome in the United States.


DaveM said...

Impressive building, I like the barley sugar stick columns. Morningside Heights now that has a pleasant ring to it.

Olivier said...

elle est superbe, et je ne connaissais pas son histoire, merci.

it is superb, and I did not know its history, thank you.

jay w said...

Did not know that the dome was the largest of its type. It has been the foucus of legendary demonstrations over the decades, riots, too! Looks peacefull now. I wonder if their ambitious expansion plans into the surrounding neighborhood will be scaled back as even less will be able to afford to go there.

Ming the Merciless said...

Yes, that is one of the most imposing university libraries in the country.

Wish I had gone to Columbia but I probably couldn't afford it.

Martha said...

Hmmm, I believe my cousin's son went to Columbia University.