Studebaker Building (Columbia University)

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Coordinates: 40°49′06.9″N 73°57′27.4″W / 40.818583°N 73.957611°W / 40.818583; -73.957611

Studebaker Building in Manhattanville, New York City

The Studebaker Building is located at 615 West 131st Street, between Broadway and 12th Avenue, and between 131st and 132nd Streets, in the Manhattanville section of the Upper West Side in New York City.[1] It is in the northeast quadrant of the proposed Manhattanville Campus of Columbia University.[2] It is four blocks away from the 125th Street stop on the 1 subway train, and the subway station at 125 Street and St. Nicholas Avenue has stops for the A, B, C and D trains. The area is also served by the M4, M5 and M104 buses.[3]

This former Studebaker automobile finishing plant, complete with a freight elevator, was constructed in 1923.[4] It is constructed largely of brick with a decorative white porcelain trim, is 6 stories tall, has a plot size of 175 feet by 200 feet, and has 210,000 square feet of floorspace. The blue Studebaker logo used between 1912 and 1934 is still visible on the southwest corner near the top.

In 1937 Studebaker sold the building to the Borden Milk Company, which used it as a milk processing plant.[5][6] Later it was home to various warehouses (e.g. for the American Museum of Natural History), offices, and small manufacturing facilities such as the Madame Alexander doll company.[7] In the late 1980s, Columbia University began to rent office space there and subsequently bought the building.

In 2007, most of the Finance department for the University, including the Student Financial Services department, moved to the Studebaker Building[8] from the historic Kent Hall.


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  2. ^ "Columbia University: Working in Studebaker". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  3. ^ "Columbia University: Working in Studebaker". 2007-06-04. Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  4. ^ "Columbia University: Working in Studebaker". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  5. ^ Christopher Gray (January 13, 2008). "Vanished City Industry Uncovered in Land Fight". New York Times. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
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  7. ^ "Columbia University: Working in Studebaker". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  8. ^ "Columbia University: Working in Studebaker". Retrieved 2016-01-08.