Walk 10: Morningside Heights


Once an once important battlefront during the American Revolution, this area sits atop a high rock escarpment above the city where the air often seems purer. In the 19th century the area was home to high-minded institutions such as the Leake and Watts Orphanage, the Bloomingdale Asylum, a home for the aged, and other institutions. Served only by horsecars, the city seemed to be reaching the borders of the Heights in the last quarter of the 19th century, giving rise to a spate of Episcopalian related institutions which sought to create America's new pantheon of good will organizations. Developers pushed north from the Upper West Side and built fine apartment houses along Riverside Drive in the early 20th century. Riverside Park and the Columbia campus provided greened and open spaces for the streets surrounding the university.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue at 111th Street, Heins and LaFarge [1892-1911] Ralph Adams Cram of Cram & Ferguson; Carrere and Hastings; Thomas Nash; Henry Vaughn [1911-42] South transept: Leake & Watts Orphan Asylum Building, James Dakin [1840]
St. Luke's Hospital, 113th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive, Ernest Flagg [1896]
Columbia University, Broadway and Amsterdam between 115th Street and 120th Street,
Master Plan: Charles McKim of McKim, Mead and White [1893]
Low Memorial Library, Charles McKim of McKim, Mead and White [1901]
Alma Mater, Daniel Chester French [1903]
Classroom Buildings, McKim Mead and White
Earl Hall, McKim Mead and White
St. Paul's Chapel, Howells & Stokes [1907-8]
East Hall [1878]
Avery Hall, McKim Mead & White [1912]
Avery/Fayerweather Court
Butler Library, James Gamble Rogers [1934]
Barnard College, Lamb & Rich [1896-99] Milbank Hall & Barnard Hall, Arnold Brunner [1917]
Riverside Church, Riverside Drive, H.C. Pelton & C. Collens [late 1920s]
Grant's Tomb, Riverside Drive, John H. Duncan [1897]


Related links:
-About Columbia University Campus
-About St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University

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