St. John's College Fordham, New York

William Rodrigue American
Printer Francis Michelin American

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This picturesque view shows St. John's College several years after it was established in 1841 by John Hughes, Bishop of New York, in an area of Rose Hill (now part of the Bronx in New York City). Across the circular lawn, where some students play cricket, the university church (the building with the steeple) stands prominently in the left background. Its architect William Rodrigue (who drew this image lithographed by Francis Michelin), was the brother-in-law of Bishop Hughes, who commissioned him to design the earliest buildings of St. John's College: St. John's Chapel (now University Church) and the Residence Hall -- both completed in 1846. What began as a small preparatory school and liberal arts college, run by the Jesuits since 1846, was renamed Fordham Univerity in 1907. Today, it is the largest Catholic and Jesuit university in the northeastern United States. .

St. John's College Fordham, New York, William Rodrigue (American, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1800–1867 New York), Lithograph with tint stone

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