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Founded in 1906 as a small private accounting school – its first class including just 13 students, meeting in a rented room – Pace has grown into a major university that prepares students for a wide range of professions. Although it boasts a law school in White Plains, an environmental center in Pleasantville, and international programs on four continents, Pace has never lost sight of its roots: a school offering innovation and opportunity to a student body drawn from the strivers among each new generation of New Yorkers.
On “Newspaper Row”
Pace University has been located near Park Row – once known as “Newspaper Row” because of the many newspaper headquarters there – since the Pace brothers rented their first classroom at 154 Nassau Street, home of the old New York Tribune.
The Pace Brothers
Homer St. Clair Pace, preparing for a certified public accountant exam, found “very little and very poor instruction along these lines” – an extraordinary lack here in the country’s financial center. Seeing and opportunity, Homer and his brother Charles borrowed $600 to open a one-classroom business school. Pace University – that classroom’s descendant, now expanded into multiple campuses, not to mention
Pace’s student body has been effortlessly diverse from its beginnings. The first class of 13 included three women – 17 years before the constitutional amendment granted women the vote in 1920 – and students of color joined the Pace community early in its history. Over the decades, countless Pace students – including newcomers from across the country and around the world – have been the first in their family to attend college.
Erected by The Alliance for Downtown New York, Inc.
Location. 40° 42.7′ N, 74° 0.336′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Spruce Street and Park Row, on the left when traveling south on Spruce Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10038, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Pace College (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathan Hale (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Horace Greeley Joseph Pulitizer (about 500 feet away); First Almshouse (about 500 feet away); The Rotunda (about 600 feet away); Liberty Poles (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker features a picture of Pace with a caption of “Since 1951, Pace has owned and occupied 41 Park Row, a handsome, early skyscraper built for the New York Times in 1889.” A modern photograph of the University building appears on the marker’s left. Under this are portraits of the Pace brothers: Homer St. Clair Pace and Charles Ashford Pace; and a photo of students and a teacher in an early classroom.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 16, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 16, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on January 7, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.