Cooper Union Eagle Takes Flight!

June 01, 2009

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The three-ton historic marble Eagle, a longtime resident and namesake of Cooper Union’s Eagle Garden, moved this summer to a new roost on the Green Roof of 41 Cooper Square. The Eagle, one of twenty-two original eagles sculpted by 1891 alumnus Adolph Weinman, guarded the McKim, Mead and White Pennsylvania Station from 1910  to 1963, and was acquired by The Cooper Union in 1965. A group of students from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, led by Joe Zelvin (AR’65) and then Dean of Students Dr. Richard S. Ball, petitioned the Pennsylvania Railroad to receive and rescue this piece of New York City history. The 2009 class gift is helping to fund the Eagle’s flight from the engineering building to the south-east corner of 41 Cooper Square’s 8th floor.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.