As I wrote before, we have a HQ building that was purpose built in 1909 for MedChi. But in the early 1980’s, we had greatly expanded what we do and needed additional space. Luckily, the adjacent building, an old school, was vacant. Through a deal with the City, we acquired the building and the gymnasium for the grand sum of $1.00. My office is dead center on the third floor.
The building, which was constructed in 1900, was originally the Marsden’s School, then Marsden’s University School and then the University School for Boys. In the 1940’s, it became PS #49, the Robert E. Lee School. It closed in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. We have a bronze bust of Robert E. Lee and the granite plinth where it sat, stored in the stacks.
I went out and took some pictures of the building a few days before we did our architectural tour in October and I was lucky to get some great yellow afternoon light. I think that the building is quite handsome on the exterior. There are loads of gorgeous carvings and details. The front entrance:
Wonderful huge windows, although I’ve gotten grief for the “replacement” windows that were installed at some point. The windows in my office are steel-framed, and while they do open, they’re a bear to close!