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Bernard M. Baruch College / CUNY

17 Lexington Avenue

 
 
Bernard M. Baruch College / CUNY Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
1. Bernard M. Baruch College / CUNY Marker
Inscription. A center of commerce by the 1840's, NYC attracted a growing immigrant population. Townsend Harris, President of the Board of Education, saw the need for publicly-supported higher education. In 1849, his vision was fulfilled when The Free Academy opened here, "for the poor man's children," with a class of 149 men. In 1866, it became the College of the City of New York. It is now Baruch College, known globally for excellence in business education.
 
Erected by Historic Landmarks Preservation Center.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New York City Historic Landmarks Preservation Center Cultural Medallions marker series.
 
Location. 40° 44.359′ N, 73° 59.089′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and East 23rd Street on Lexington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 17 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10010, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cyrus West Field (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Harper (about 600 feet away); Poetry Society of America (about 700 feet away); The National Arts Club
Bernard M. Baruch College / CUNY Marker - Wide View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
2. Bernard M. Baruch College / CUNY Marker - Wide View
(about 800 feet away); a different marker also named National Arts Club (about 800 feet away); Brotherhood Synagogue (about 800 feet away); Robert Henri (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herman Melville (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  Baruch College (Wikipedia). "Baruch is one of CUNY's senior colleges. It traces its roots back to the 1847 founding of the Free Academy, the first institution of free public higher education in the United States. The New York State Literature Fund was created to serve students who could not afford to enroll in New York City’s private colleges. The Fund led to the creation of the Committee of the Board of Education of the City of New York, led by Townsend Harris, J.S. Bosworth, and John L. Mason, which brought about the establishment of what would become the Free Academy, on Lexington Avenue in Manhattan....The Free Academy became the College of the City of New York, now The City College of New York (CCNY). In 1919, what would become Baruch College was established as City College School of Business and Civic Administration. On December 15, 1928,
Bernard M. Baruch College / CUNY Marker - Wider View image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 3, 2016
3. Bernard M. Baruch College / CUNY Marker - Wider View
the cornerstone was laid on the new building which would house the newly founded school. At this point, the school did not admit women. At the time it opened it was considered the biggest such school for the teaching of business education in the United States....By the 1930s, women were allowed into the School of Business. The total enrollment at CCNY reached an all-time high of 40,000 students in 1935, and the School of Business had an enrollment of more than 1,700 students in the day session alone. In 1953, it was renamed the Baruch School of Business in honor of Bernard Baruch, after an 1889 graduate of CCNY who went on to become a prominent financier and adviser to two presidents. In 1961, the New York State Education Law established the City University of New York (CUNY) system. In 1968, the Baruch School of Business was spun off as Baruch College, an independent senior college in the City University system." (Submitted on April 26, 2018.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 26, 2018, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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