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City College: 1908

City College: 1908

"College of City of New York." Circa 1908 glass negative showing street repairs and trolley on a foggy day. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.


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What's in a name?

Oddly, locals pronounce CUNY as "City College."

Amsterdam & 140th

This is the corner of Amsterdam Avenue and 140th Street, facing southeast. Later they added another building in the grassy area. Lewisohn Stadium would be behind the building on the far right.

Gingerbread Factory

I like that building, especially with the arch portal entry and the sunken lawn. Kind of looks like an early skate park; dollars to donuts there was some sledding on that. The building to the right is really gorgeous. Reminds me of a Jesuit college, almost.

The Learning Factory

Some great old photos of this campus here.

From the Compton Hall page:

In designing a building to house the College’s mechanical workshops, the forerunner of its engineering program, Post emulated a factory façade. Utilizing double-story, segmented arched bays, he maintained the campus' uniform terra cotta trim while expressing the inner industrial workings with steel factory sash and spandrels, which stretch from the ground through both exposed floors.

Institutional Learning

And I thought the architecture of contemporary public high schools was instituional! This college looks more like a factory than a university.

Lewisohn Stadium

This is the uptown CCNY campus. The college is now called CUNY, the City University of New York. Also on that campus was Lewisohn Stadium, which was not only used for sports, but concerts as well. In the early 1950's I attended an event there. The show opened with Oscar Levant, a famous pianist and raconteur, playing Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," with a full symphony orchestra behind him. The second part of the program was the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. I had never seen a Broadway show before, let alone a ballet. The admission price with student ID was 50¢. The stadium was torn down in 1973. CCNY sports were limited, their football team wouldn't have been able to beat a good Midwestern high school. The basketball squad was another story, they were national champs in 1950. However in 1951, they were involved in a gambling scandal, and that was the end of whatever intercollegiate sports they were involved in for a number of years.

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