North Hall and Library, Bronx Community College
Peter Aaron / OTTO
Tour Time: 11:00
Robert A.M. Stern Architects
2155 University Avenue,
North Hall and Library is the first stylistically sympathetic building added in almost 100 years to the quadrangle Stanford White designed in 1892 for what was originally New York University’s University Heights campus. Buff Roman brick and light gray cast-stone trim carry forward the palette of White’s buildings. A recessed entry porch leads past an east-west spine of classrooms to a monumental stair rising to a soaring light-flooded reading room, inspired by Henri Labrouste’s at the Bibliothèque Ste.-Geneviève in Paris, intended to celebrate learning for commuting students from modest circumstances who seek to further their education while also holding down full-time jobs and caring for families. In another return to tradition, our design embraces a decorative arts program with mural scenes of the Bronx by local artists Daniel Hauben at the main stair landings and on the balcony frieze in the commons, and Greek-key stenciling on the vaulted ceiling by Cid Mendez.
Tour Guide: Alexander Lamis, AIA, Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects