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The Great Hall inside the Shepard Hall Building.


"The Graduate" mural by Edwin Howland Blashfield


George Ranalli, Dean of The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College.


George Ranalli, Dean of The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College.


Architect George Browne Post.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Building the Modern Gothic: George Post at City College

The Conservancy was pleased to offer members of our Professional Circle a private viewing of a new exhibition featuring architect George Browne Post’s drawings and photographs for his designs of the City College of New York. George Ranalli, Dean of The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College, curated the exhibit. Professor Gordon Gebert, chair of the school, led the exclusive tour of the campus. Dean Ranalli was also on hand to lead the group through the George Post exhibit and answer questions.

City College was originally founded as the Free Academy of the City of New York in 1847. Ratified by a statewide referendum, it was established to provide children of immigrants and the poor access to free higher education based on academic merit alone. In 1907, City College moved to what was then called Mahattanville, now the heart of Harlem, on to the Neo-Gothic campus designed by George Browne Post, the architect of the New York Stock Exchange, Bronx Borough Hall and the Wisconsin State Capitol.

To learn more about Post’s designs, read “The Very Model of a University“ which appeared in The New York Times on January 9th.

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