Hall of Fame for Great Americans, Bronx

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The Hall of Fame for Great Americans is an outdoor sculpture gallery, located on the grounds of Bronx Community College in the Bronx, New York City. Completed in 1900 as part of the University Heights campus of New York University, the 630-foot (192 m) stone colonnade half-encircles the university library and houses 98 bronze portrait busts. Designed by architect Stanford White (who also designed the library), the Beaux Arts structure was donated by Helen Gould, and was formally dedicated on May 30, 1901.
New York University (under severe financial distress) was forced to sell the campus in 1973 to the City University of New York and it became Bronx Community College. Though the Hall's renown has itself faded, its architecture remains, and it stands as a secular national shrine not just to great men and women, but to Roman ideals of fame favored at the beginning of the 20th century.
Origin and inspirationThe library and hall stand on the heights occupied by the British army in the autumn of 1776 during its successful attack upon Fort Washington. Dr. Henry Mitchell MacCracken, Chancellor of New York University and originator of The Hall of Fame, once said:
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  • This landmark is a great place for parents or teachers to take a trip with the little ones. It has so many great Americans to learn about. Eli Whitney, Stanford White, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Cla...  more »
  • This is a very unique place hidden on the Bronx Community College Campsus right off the Interstate 87 that you take after crossing the GW Bridge. It is free and you can just walk through it on your ow...  more »
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  • It doesn't have a huge collection but The fact that it still exists after so many years and so many changes to the college that it's just an admirable testimonial to Bronx Community college legacy.
  • I love this historical part of the college. It's like very educational & relaxing area!
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