Brooklyn College was always meant to be beautiful, right from its beginnings in the 1930s. The original design called for classical, Georgian-style buildings to be constructed on 26 acres, along with a lily pond, gardens and grassy quadrangles planted with elm trees. The classrooms, lecture halls, art studios, and science laboratories were built to be the best in the country. Recently acquired property will expand the campus to 35 acres.
Ever since then, Brooklyn College has remained among the most beautiful in the metropolitan area. The lily pond, gardens, and elm trees are still here, and the four original buildings are constantly being refurbished to reflect the expanding needs of our campus community. Light-filled art studio and gallery spaces have been added to the top levels of Boylan Hall, while the lower level has a refreshed full-service cafeteria. Ingersoll Hall, the main science building, has been extended on either side for more labs and lecture halls as well as for the Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center, an important resource for the city's waterways. The Brooklyn College Library went through an extensive refurbishing and enlargement several years ago and now offers students not only access to an increased collection and computer services, but to comfortable rooms and nooks to study and rest between classes. Finally, Roosevelt Hall was also extended and is slated to be completely re-envisioned, transformed from a physical education facility to a dynamic science complex that will increase the college's research capabilities.
Recent additions to the campus include the West End Building, which houses computer labs, the Department of Film and student club rooms right next to the tennis courts. The Library Café is a full-service Internet café that's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week; the adjacent terrace is the perfect spot for reading, snacking and relaxing on pleasant days. Our newest structure, the West Quad Center, opened in 2009 and is home to most student services — admission, registration, bursar, financial aid — as well as recreational and fitness facilities.
Brooklyn College once again has a construction site on campus. The new Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts will serve not only our highly regarded performing arts departments, but also the community by offering opportunities to attend concerts, plays, dance performances, and lectures.