Blueprints

Altes Museum. Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1823-30. Grand Central Terminal. Reem & Stem, Warren and Wetmore, 1903-13. Wohn- und Geschäftshaus. Raimund Abraham, 1985. The Lincoln Memorial. Henry Bacon, 1913. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Frank Lloyd Wright, 1956.
Altes Museum. Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1823-30.

This collection consists of reproductions of drawings of primarily 20th Century works of architecture, as well as bridges, tunnels, piers, parks, aerial views and maps, many of which are centric to New York City. These materials are used for research purposes in conjunction with Design Studio analysis projects, as well as the Building Technology and Structures curriculum.

  • 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.