Friday, March 5, 2010
This is the entrance to Margaret Morrison Carnegie Hall, part of the Carnegie Mellon University campus. The building, named after Andrew Carnegie's mother, was originally constructed in 1906 as Margaret Morrison Carnegie College, the women's branch of Carnegie Tech, and held courses in homemaking, secretarial skills, and interior design, among other pursuits then considered women's domain. (The inscription around the rotunda reads "To make and inspire the home; to lessen suffering and increase happiness; to aid mankind in its upward struggles; to ennoble and adorn life's work, however humble; these are woman's high prerogatives," which, to put it mildly, is not something you could get away with inscribing these days.) Currently, the building is used mostly for classes for CMU's school of fine arts.
Posted by JS at 8:00 AM