Barnard Campus and Buildings on Morningside

Barnard Buildings and Campus

1889 — 343 Madison Ave.
Lease of 4-story brownstone on east side of Madison, two buildings up from 44th St.
$3,200 per year

1892 — Brinckerhoff Hall
1892  — $130,000 gift from “Friend of the College” – memorial to her father and husband
Mrs. Van Wyck (Mary E. ) Brinckerhoff – made public in 1896
Gift handled by Frederick Wait and Silas Brownell
Cornerstone set October 1896
Opened in Fall 1897

1895 — 119th-120th Street of 16 lots – purchased for $160,000
1 plus acre
Funding from “site fund” headed by Treasurer George A. Plimpton
( including Fayerweather gift?)

1895 — Milbank Hall
January 1895 — $170,000 from Mrs. Archibald (Elizabeth Milbank) Anderson
Opened in Fall 1897

1897 — Fiske Hall
May 1, 1897 — $140,00 from Mrs. Josiah M. Fiske
Initially  thought  (and temporarily used) for dormitory but went to science labs instead
Opened in Fall 1898

1903 – March — Mrs. Anderson purchase of three blocks between 116th and 119th Streets
3 acres — $1,000,000

1906 — Brooks Hall
Gift of $300,000 from Mrs. Anderson
Dormitory for 100 residents
Opened 9/23/1907

1915 — Students Hall
1915 – Gift of $500,000 from Jacob Schiff
Opened November 1917
Renamed “Barnard Hall” May 1925

1924  — Brooks wing cornerstone set  — to cost $1,000,000
Named “Hewitt” Hall after Abram Hewitt, Barnard’s second board chairman (1897-1902)
Opened 1925 – Dean Gildersleeve took up residence in the Deanery

1936 –Rockefeller-funded General Education Board gift of  $255,000 of the $510,000 for purchase of “Riverside Quadrangle” between Claremont Avenue and Riverside

1949 – Barnard Annex (to Barnard Hall)
Opens in 1949 — designed for commuting students
Gift of Eugene and Agnes Meyer

1953 – Claremont lot sold back to Rockefellers for construction of Interchurch Center

1959 – Lehman Hall/Wollman Library open
Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger (BC 1914) a major donor

1961 – Reid Hall opens – Helen Rogers Reid and Ogden Reid family as major donors

1962 – 616 West I116th Street purchased

1966 – 620 West 116th St. purchased

1968 – McIntosh Student Center opens
Named for Millicent McIntosh (Dean 1847-52;
president 1952-61)

1968 – Plimpton Hall opens on Amsterdam and 120th
Named for George A. Plimpton, board treasurer 1893-1936

1969 – Altschul Science Tower – named for Helen Goodhart Altschul  (BC 1907)

1971 – 600 West 116th St. bought

1988 – Centennial Hall opens; renamed Sulzberger in 1991 after Iphigene Ochs Sulzberger (BC 1914)

1988 – Elliott Hall opens on Claremont Avenue;
Named for and purchased by Eleanor Elliott (BC 1949; board chair,
1974-77)

2005 – Diana Center opens – named after Diana  Vagelos (BC 1955)

2005 – Cathedral Gardens bought from Columbia University – 110th St and Morningside

2018 – Milstein Teaching & Learning Center opens
Named for Cheryl (BC 1982) and Philip Milstein
To open fall 2018

Bob McCaughey
Last updated: January 10, 2018