The Lost World of CCNY: Architectural Gems of Our Past
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John H. Finley Student Center (built from 1888 through 1890, demolished in 1985) was originally the Manhattanville College main building. It replaced the original structure erected after 1847. City College acquired the building in 1952, then refurbished and reopened the building for classes in 1955. The Finley Student Center was a picturesque building but its deteriorated condition, partly due to a fire in 1969, made it a candidate for demolition in 1983. Presently the scoreboard for Goldman Field occupies its former site. Finley Student Center was named for John Huston Finley, who was the third president of the College of the City of New York, as City College was known at the time
The following quotation, made by President Bernard Warren Harleston summarizes the reason why Finley Student Center had to be destroyed: “I believe the expense involved in trying to renovate Finley is prohibitive and counterproductive.…I believe that it is in the interest of the students and the planning of the campus, that Finley not be allowed to exist.” (The Campus, November 19, 1982, Vol.151, No.8, p.1)
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