Jerome L. Greene Hall, New York

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Jerome Greene Hall

 

Jerome Greene Hall is the primary home of Columbia Law School and is one of a number of buildings

put up in succession by Columbia in the 1960s. It is named after wealthy alumnus Jerome L. Greene. Sometimes referred to simply as Greene, it is frequently criticized as being unsightly by outsiders.
The building was designed by alumnus Max Abramovitz, better recognized for their work on Lincoln Center.

 

The window boxes found on the two narrow sides of the building are often described as being fit for a Mussolini-esque ruler. Others fondly refer to it as “the toaster." The building opened in the fall of 1961, and a mural recognizing the numerous donors for the building is displayed on the western wall of the main lobby. The building's western wall is framed by Jacques Lipschitz's sculpture Bellerophon Taming Pegasus, donated in 1977.

 

The sculpture is said to represent the experience Columbia Law Schools’ endurance through time.
In the end of the 1990s the Jerome Greene underwent a key renovation. The construction of a new entrance, more lounges, and a cafeteria came underway. This was followed by interior renovations of

the building's rooms and offices, and the setting up of the infamous "Skadden Stairs”.

 
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