Low Memorial Library

Low Library Landmark

Constructed: 1895 – 1897
Designed By: McKim, Mead & White
Description: Included in Columbia University’s original campus plan by McKim, Mead & White, Low Library was designed to be the core of the university. Inspired by ancient Rome’s Pantheon and built in Roman stone, this building has a powerful classic design that relies on the strength of its grandeur design with light ornamental decoration. Midway up the steps is a bronze statue of Alma Matter by Daniel Chester French. Since its construction, Low Library has been a notable gathering place for the university with many esteemed guests having visited including King George IV of England and Queen Elizabeth, President Auriel of France, Prime Minister Nehru of India, and many other prominent figures.