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Grace Dodge Hall, originally Household Arts Building – Grace Hoadley Dodge (1856 – 1914) was driving force in helping working women. She founded organizations that she morphed into the Young Women’s Christian Association, and she was the primary philanthropist for creating Teachers College. Her family’s wealth came from the mining interests of Phelps, Dodge & Co.


Emerson Hall – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet. He espoused the philosophy of transcendentalism and emphasized individualism.


Lowell Hall – James Russell Lowell (1819 – 1891) was an American poet, editor, and diplomat. He was the first editor of The Atlantic Monthly, and he was an ambassador to both Spain and England.


Longfellow Hall – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 – 1882) was the great American poet, best remembered for “Evangeline”, “Song of Hiawatha”, “The Courtship of Miles Standish”, and “Paul Revere’s Ride”.


Macy Hall – Mrs. Josiah Macy donated the funds for the building in honor of her husband. Her son, Valentine Everit Macy, Sr. was an industrialist who studied architecture at Columbia, and served on the board of trustees, and as president, of Teachers College. The family oil-refining business became part of the Rockefeller Standard Oil Company.


Horace Mann – Horace Mann (1796 – 1859) was an educational reformer who succeeded John Quincy Adams in Congress.


Milbank Memorial Hall – Joseph Milbank (1848 - 1914) donated the funds, as a memorial to his parents, for the building and the Milbank Memorial Chapel within. His family’s wealth came from railroads and Borden’s milk, and he was a trustee of Teachers College.


Plimpton Hall – George A. Plimpton (1855 – 1936) was a publisher, philanthropist, and long-term trustee and treasurer of Barnard College.


Russell Hall – James E. Russell (1864 – 1945) was Dean of Teachers College from 1898 to 1927.


Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Hall – Frederick Ferris Thompson (1836 – 1899) was a banker who served on the board of trustees of Teachers College.


Thorndyke Hall – Edward Lee Thorndyke (1874 – 1949) was a psychologist and professor of education at Teachers College.


Whittier Hall – John Greenleaf Whittier (1807 – 1892) was an American poet, best remembered for “Snow-Bound”, “Barbara Frietchie”, and “The Barefoot Boy”.


Zankel Hall – Arthur Zankel (1932 -2005) was a financier and philanthropist, who gave so much to so many institutions.  He was an early investor in Berkshire Hathaway, run by Columbia alumnus Warren Buffet.

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