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Low Memorial Library

 
 
Low Memorial Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
1. Low Memorial Library Marker
Inscription. Low Memorial Library was a gift from the University president, Seth Low, in honor of his father, Abiel Abbot Low. It was the first major building to be erected on the new campus of Columbia University on Morningside Heights. Designed in 1893 by Charles Follen McKim, 1847-1909, of McKim, Mead & White and completed in 1897, it was conceived as the focus of their campus plan. Originally used as the library of Columbia University, it became the ceremonial and administrative center when Butler Library was built in 1934.

Plaque provided by New York Community Trust, 1973
 
Erected 1973 by New York Community Trust.
 
Location. 40° 48.478′ N, 73° 57.729′ W. Marker is in New York City, New York, in New York County. Marker can be reached from West 116th Street near Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10027, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battle of Harlem Heights (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); New York City Defenses During the War of 1812 (about 500 feet away); Columbia University Midshipmen's Training (about 500 feet away); Oscar J. Hijuelos
Low Memorial Library image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
2. Low Memorial Library
The Alma Mater is by noted American sculptor Daniel Chester French, who also produced, amongst other works, the statue of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the Minuteman Statue at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts.
(about 800 feet away); Carl Schurz Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cecil B. DeMille (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Dewey (approx. mile away); Lajos Kossuth Monument (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York City.
 
More about this marker. Driving to the marker is not an option, but it is easily found on foot by entering the campus (easily from Broadway and W. 116th, but other entrances are just as easy) and walking the short distance to the center of the campus. The library is the focus of the campus and you can't miss it. The marker is mounted to the left of the front entrance, and is easily seen, even from a distance.
 
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of Columbia (Columbia University). Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of New York and the fifth oldest in the United States.... (Submitted on October 8, 2016.) 

2. Low Library (WikiCU, the Columbia University Wiki). Low Memorial Library, despite its
<i>The Library of Columbia University</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Detroit Photographic Co., 1903
3. The Library of Columbia University
Postcard image courtesy of the Beinicke Library.
name, is neither low nor a library....
(Submitted on October 8, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
Low Memorial Library Interior - Columbia University Seal image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
4. Low Memorial Library Interior - Columbia University Seal
This seal is found on the floor of the library, just a few steps inside. The Latin text surrounding the seal reads: Sigillum Collegii Columbia Novi Eboraci , which is "Seal of Columbia College, New York." (You didn't know that 'Novi Eboraci' is Latin for "New York", did you?)
Low Memorial Library Rotunda image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
5. Low Memorial Library Rotunda
The Low Library Rotunda is the university's primary ceremonial space on campus. It hosts major prize ceremonies such as the Pulitzers and Bancrofts, hosts dignitaries and heads of state during the World Leaders Forum, and pretty much anything that's fancy and formal. ....The rotunda has 16 columns made of green marble from Ireland and topped by golden capitals. Above each are pedestals for statues, but only four were ever erected On the north side of the Rotunda from left to right are: Euripides....Demosthenes....Sophocles....Augustus Caesar.... - WikiCU, the Columbia University Wiki
<i>The Library, Columbia University</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by the Detroit Photographic Co., 1905
6. The Library, Columbia University
Postcard image courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Low Memorial Library and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, October 4, 2016
7. Low Memorial Library and Marker
The marker is easily visible between two columns, just to the left of the entrance.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 116 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 8, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.
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