Saturday, September 10, 2016

Columbia University

Let's go back-to-back with New York City institutions, Columbia University in the present posting following NYU in the previous one. Texas Tech student Orlando Parrales visited Columbia over the summer and provided a couple of pictures. Columbia, a member of the Ivy League, is considered one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

The first photograph is of Butler Library, famous for its list of great authors across the facade. You'll have to click on the photo to enlarge it, so you can see the authors' names.

Because all the listed authors are men, people have hung banners commemorating great women authors, as well.

The second photo shows another "library," known as Low Library. However, the building hasn't housed books for some time. "No longer a library, Low houses the Visitors Center and the Office of the President, and is used for campus events," according to a university webpage.

Barely perceptible at the top of the facade is a reference to "King's College" (close-up below). According to a page on the school's history, "Columbia University was founded in 1754 as King's College by royal charter of King George II of England."