Friday, September 5, 2014

The Low Memorial Library

 The Low Memorial Library at Columbia University designed by McKim, Mead & White c. 1897 in New York City.  The building served as the university's main library until 1934 and now functions as the main administrative building for the school.  Click HERE for more on the library and HERE to see it on bing.

Photos from The Brickbuilder, 1910.


Holly Alderman said...

This looks very much like the main building at MIT, modelled on the Pantheon of Rome. In 1913, William Welles Bosworth received the commission to design the new campus for MIT in Cambridge, MIT having outgrown its old buildings near Copley Square in Boston. The plan featured a large paved court now planted with grass and trees, at the head of which was a domed structure modeled on the Pantheon in Rome in the manner of the Altes Museum in Berlin. It was at the time the largest non-governmental building in the US. To see the similarity, simple google MIT dome or MIT main building. My father was a professor of architecture at MIT in the 1930s, Bissell Alderman FAIA. Enjoy! Holly Alderman

Ann said...

I love old photos of Low. These take me back ten years to sitting and laughing on the steps with my friends, especially this time of year as winter finally melts away and especially after finals! Thanks for sharing!

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