Cornell Fillip

This is my last working day at Cornell. I’ll continue to post next week on a few more of the outstanding aspects of this law library that I’ve had a chance to see close up, but I thought a bit of a fillip might be in order. So here are some interesting quirks and bits I’ve discovered at Cornell:

The faculty was established with the start of the university in 1886, and the law building was erected in 1932. It is a charming and imposing structure, incorporating a variety of scales and degrees of formality. The main building has been added onto several times, most recently in 1988.

Here is a shot of the main tower (imposing)


and some of the entries (human scale):

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Note that empty spot for a coat of arms above the door. There are a few of those absences about:

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The interior is a maze of stairwells, mezzanines, and hidden doorways. Here’s a plan:


Anyone whose been here will have heard about the squash court in the library. Built at the command of a professor who was convinced of the salutary intellectual affects of the game, it is regularly used


and not only for squash.

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I’ve been housed in the tower.


Here’s a view from my room:


and a famous picture of a certain someone to cheer my evenings:


Finally, I noticed this building on the main Arts quad named after a relative of Ted’s:


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