This year, the campus of CUNY’s Bronx Community College in the University Heights section of the Bronx will welcome the public to half dozen buildings on its campus that, together, tell a remarkably comprehensive story about the past century of American architecture. Visit the campus—originally developed as the uptown campus of NYU in the early 1900s—from 12-4pm on Sunday, October 18th, to explore iconic buildings by Stanford White, Marcel Breuer, and Robert A.M. Stern, with architects on-site to give special talks and tours. Unless otherwise noted, all sites are Open Access, and do not require reservations.

 

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Gould Memorial Library and the Hall of Fame for Great Americans

Sunday, October 18: 12:00 pm4:00 pm.

The Gould Memorial Library and Hall of Fame are Beaux Arts Landmarks designed by the great Stanford White in 1899-1900, and are considered the masterpiece of this legendary turn-of-the-century architect. The interior of the library is richly decorated in marble, stone, mosaic, wood and bronze, with Tiffany glass, and features one of the largest rotundas in the city. Visit during OHNY Weekend to learn about ongoing restoration efforts at the library with architect Charlie Kramer of Beyer Blinder Belle, Lisa Easton of Easton Architects, and Mark Anderson of FacadeMD.

 

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Colston Hall, Polowczyk Hall, Meister Hall, and Begrisch Hall

Sunday, October 18: 12:00 pm4:00 pm.

In 1956, Marcel Breuer (architect of the Whitney’s former home on the Upper East Side) was asked to develop a comprehensive design for re-planning the NYU campus at this site. From 1959-1970, five buildings were built based on the design and planning of Breuer and his associates Hamilton Smith and Robert F. Gatje. Visit four of these unique mid-century modernist structures with experts from DoCoMoMo NY Tri-State during OHNY Weekend.

 

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Robert F. Gatje in Conversation with Bernard Marson

Sunday, October 18: 3:00 pm.

While a special 2pm tour of the campus with Mr. Gatje, Marcel Breuer’s one-time partner, is sold out, the Bronx Community College and DoCoMoMo NY Tri-State have announced a special discussion between Gatje and Bernard Marson, the architect who served as the Clerk of the Works for first phase of construction of the Breuer buildings on the BCC’s campus, at 3pm on Sunday. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Click here to RSVP.

 

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North Hall and Library

Sunday, October 18: 12:00 pm4:00 pm.

With a barrel vaulted interior inspired by Henri Labrouste’s Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève in Paris, this brand new building by Robert A.M. Stern Architects completes the north side of the BCC’s main quadrangle. The south facade facing the quad serves as an elegant foil both to the exuberance of Gould Memorial Library and to the severity of Breuer’s Meister Hall across the lawn. Visit during OHNY Weekend, when RAMSA partner Augusta Barone will be on-site to discuss the project.