Philosophy Hall

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

For Philosophy Hall at the University of Washington, now part of Savery Hall, see University of Washington Quad

Philosophy Hall
Rodin's The Thinker with Philosophy Hall in the background
Philosophy Hall is located in Manhattan
Philosophy Hall
Philosophy Hall is located in New York
Philosophy Hall
Philosophy Hall is located in the United States
Philosophy Hall
Location1150 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University
Nearest cityNew York City
Coordinates40°48′22″N 73°57′45″W / 40.80611°N 73.96250°W / 40.80611; -73.96250Coordinates: 40°48′22″N 73°57′45″W / 40.80611°N 73.96250°W / 40.80611; -73.96250
ArchitectMcKim, Mead and White
Architectural styleItalian Renaissance Revival
NRHP reference #03001046
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 31, 2003[1]
Designated NHLJuly 31, 2003[2]

Philosophy Hall is a building on the campus of Columbia University in New York City. It houses the English, Philosophy, and French departments, along with the university's writing center, part of its registrar's office, and the student lounge of its Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. It is one of the original buildings designed for the university's Morningside Heights campus by McKim, Mead, and White, built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style and completed in 1910. Philosophy Hall is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has been designated a National Historic Landmark as the site of the invention of FM radio by Edwin Armstrong in the early 1930s.

The space now occupied by the registrar formerly housed electrical engineering laboratories in which Michael I. Pupin and Edwin Howard Armstrong made several major technological breakthroughs. The building has been home to such notable faculty members as philosophers John Dewey, Frederick J. E. Woodbridge and Ernest Nagel, Guadeloupean novelist Maryse Condé, French literary scholar Michael Riffaterre, poet Kenneth Koch and English literary scholars Lionel Trilling, Edward Said, Carolyn Heilbrun, Quentin Anderson, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Mark Van Doren.

Philosophy Hall was not occupied by protesters during the 1968 protests. It served instead as a refuge for faculty and a site of contentious debates among them concerning student conduct.

The lawn in front of Philosophy Hall is the site of an original cast of The Thinker (Le Penseur), one of the most famous pieces by French sculptor Auguste Rodin.

The hall was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.[2][3]

It is one of only a handful of buildings on the Columbia campus named for an academic discipline, and not an individual. The others include Mathematics, Journalism, and International Affairs.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
  2. ^ a b "Philosophy Hall". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. 2007-09-18. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ Robert D. Colburn (July 2002) National Historic Landmark Nomination: Philosophy Hall, National Park Service and Accompanying 13 photos, exterior and interior, from 1922–2001

External links[edit]