The tour is guided by Andrew Dolkart, a popular New York City architectural historian, a professor of architectural history at Columbia's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the author of an award-winning history of Morningside Heights, Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development.
The tour begins at the Columbia Visitors Center, on the second floor of Low Library, and includes 21 stops at such architectural highlights as St. Paul's Chapel, Low Library and plaza, and the late-nineteenth-century classroom Havemeyer 309, which has been used as a set in a number of feature films.
The tour is introduced by Andrew Dolkart, an architectural historian of New York, Columbia professor, and author of a book on Morningside Heights.
02-Low Library - Vestibule
The Low Library vestibule is the grand, high-ceilinged space outside the Visitors Center, decorated with a statue of Athena and other traditional symbols of learning.
03-Low Library - Rotunda
Topped by a dome designed to recall the Pantheon in Rome, the Low Library rotunda was originally used as a reading room when the building served as a library.
04-Plaza in Front of Low Memorial Library
The plaza affords an excellent view of architect Charles McKim's design for the Columbia campus, as well as Daniel Chester French's statue, Alma Mater.
Walking past Dodge Hall, the former business school, Professor Dolkart points out Lewisohn Hall, designed by architect Arnold Bruner in the style that Charles McKim had established for the campus.
Professor Dolkart describes Earl Hall, one of the most prominent buildings on campus, and also discusses the campus's landscaping.
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