Columbia University and Morningside Heights
Outgrowing its remarkably shortlived location in midtown Manhattan, Columbia College moved uptown in the mid1890s, not only transforming itself into an urban university under university president Seth Low, but also creating an urban campus guided by Charles McKim, William Rutherford Mead, and Stanford White’s master plan. The university became a major constituent of what would be described as New York’s Acropolis on Morningside Heights. It was preceded in this endeavor by the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine and St. Luke’s Hospital, and it was soon joined by Barnard College, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary, among others. The arrival of the Interborough Rapid Transit Subway in 1904 spurred residential and retail development.
Arcadia Publishing
: 9780738549767
: Arcadia Publishing
: 06/06/2007
: New York
: Postcard History Series
: 200 Black And White
: 128
: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
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Michael V. Susi, native New Yorker and son of Columbia, has chosen almost 200 postcard images spanning the early decades of the 20th century. Columbia University and Morningside Heights showcases a period when Morningside Heights grew from a bucolic area with breathtaking views over the Hudson River to the west and the city to the south, to a bustling neighborhood, home to a worldrenowned university already struggling for space to fulfill its mission.
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