Schenectady in Schenectady County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Has Been Designated A
This Site Possesses National Significance
In Commemorating The History of The
United States of America
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior
Erected 1986 by Union College.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 42° 49.02′ N, 73° 55.74′ W. Marker is in Schenectady, New York, in Schenectady County. Marker can be reached from South Lane near Library Lane. Touch for map. The Eliphalet Nott Memorial is located at the center of the Union College campus. The marker is mounted to the right of the eastern entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Schenectady NY 12308, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whipple Bowstring Truss (approx. ¼ mile away); ALCo Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Revolutionary Hospital & Continental Barracks (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Home of Charles Proteus Steinmetz (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ignacy Jan Paderewski (approx. 0.4 miles away); Schenectady Police Department (approx. half a mile away); Schenectady's Little Italy (approx. half a mile away); Ellis Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Schenectady.
More about this marker.
Nott Memorial was Designated a National Historic Landmark on June 24, 1986.
Statement of Significance: "Completed in 1876, this is representative of the High Victorian Gothic Style which was made popular from the early 1860s until the 1870s by the writings of English critic John Ruskin (1819-1900) . With an open interior, it is essentially a stone cylinder supporting a cast-iron drum and dome between 94 and 100 feet in diameter. It was to be the focal point of the unrealized plan of Union College, founded in 1795, one of the oldest "planned" schools in the nation. It has served as a museum and a library."
Regarding Nott Memorial. One of America's most dramatic Victorian buildings, the Nott Memorial is an elaborate 16-sided stone-masonry building which serves as both architectural and physical centerpiece of the Union College campus in Schenectady, New York.
The building is dedicated to Eliphalet Nott (1773-1866), who was the president of Union College for sixty-two years. A Presbyterian minister, Nott was also an inventor and a major leader of American education. His many innovations include patents for anthracite coal-burning stoves and furnaces, and the introduction of scientific and engineering curricula at a liberal arts college.
The building was conceived by Nott in consultation with the French architect Joseph Jacques Ramee. Nott envisioned the central building as an Alumni Hall or Graduates’
Construction of the Alumni or Graduates’ Hall, the early name for the Nott Memorial, began in 1858. Construction was officially completed in 1879, 21 years later. In 1902 Andrew Carnegie pledges $40,000 to renovate the building. In 1904, on the Centennial of Eliphalet Nott's inauguration as Union College President, the College dedicated the build in his honor. For nearly sixty years the building was the College Library. Begun in 1993, a major restoration and renovation of the Nott Memorial was completed at a cost of $11 million (with nearly 1,800 donors) for Bicentennial
Union College alumni commissioned a large portrait of Eliphalet Nott by Henry Inman in 1839.
Today the Nott Memorial is used for lectures, conferences and other college events. Also galley space is used for presenting art, science, and history exhibitions. The third floor is an informal gathering and study space for students.
Also see . . .
1. The Nott Memorial has been documented in the Historic American Building Survery. (Submitted on October 17, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
2. The Nott Memorial A National Historic Landmark at Union College. From the webpage of Schenectady's Union College (Submitted on October 17, 2009, by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York.)
Additional keywords. Schenectady, Union College, Eliphalet Nott Memorial, Andrew Carnegie
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