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. It is the first such hall of fame in the United States. 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 of a number of prominent Americans. 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 some women), but to Roman ideals of fame favored at the beginning of the 20th century.
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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...  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.....  more »
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  • Formerly on the NYU campus which is now Bronx Community College, this historical and architectural collection of Famous Americans still touts visitors from all over to see.
  • The programs are great especially the steam program. Trust me I'ma graduate from that program myself

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