If you’d enjoy a self-directed tour of the remarkable Columbia University campus, let us recommend this engaging podcast audio tour.  The tour is narrated by Andrew Dolkart; a very well respected New York City architectural historian, and a Professor of architectural history in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation who offers just the right mix of verbal description and detail.

Even if you are a first time visitor to the campus, you don’t need to worry about getting lost during his tour; the narrator does such a good job of directing you from site to site that it almost feels as if he’s right alongside you, giving you the tour in person.

There seemed to be a couple of major points that Professor Dolkart wanted to make clear to the visitors of Columbia’s campus; The first being that the campus layout was designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White. Secondly, Low Library is considered to be the centerpiece of the main campus and all other buildings on campus were designed to feature the Low Library.