Free Academy

The corner of 23rd Street and Lexington Avenue which is now 17 Lexington Avenue, is the site of the original Free Academy building. It was designed by the architect James Renwick, Jr. The interior of the building consisted of eighteen classrooms and a chapel or an assembly hall. For 1848 standards it was considered very modern with gaslights, drinking fountains and a warm-air heating system. The total cost of the building was $68,000!

Free Academy
Lexicon, 1958


Basement Door
Lexicon, 1958  
Library
Lexicon, 1958 


President's Office 
Lexicon, 1958 
Natural History Hall
Lexicon, 1958 


Third Floor
Lexicon, 1958 
Faculty Room
Lexicon, 1958 


Classroom
Lexicon, 1959