Erasmus Hall High School is one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in America. The original school building was built it in 1787 and named Erasmus Hall Academy. If you look very closely at the aerial view picture you can see the original building behind the front tower. The original school building is now surrounded on all four sides the Gothic buildings that makes up the high school. In the center is the campus grounds. The money to building Erasmus Hall Academy came from John Vanderbilt, Alexander Hamilton, Jacob Lefferts, John Jay, Aaron Burr and many others. The family crests of the financial contributors can be seen on the stained glass windows in the library.
The picture above is the original school building that is now surrounding by huge Gothic buildings that was renamed Erasmus Hall High School in 1895. The school is now called The Academy for College preparation and Career Exploration. I am kind of sad that the name Erasmus was taken out because it was named about Desiderius Erasmus. His statue stand on a pedestal in front of the original building.
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus was born on October 27, 1466 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Erasmus became a Catholic Priest, teacher and Dutch Renaissance Humanist.
Above is an old photo of the huge Gothic archway that I passed through 5 days a week to get to classes. You can see the statue of Erasmus facing the archway and the original school behind it. Attending Erasmus Hall felt to me like attending a University.
You can get more of a sens of what the campus grounds look like. The original building fell into disrepair and had to be restored. Renovations began in 1991. The original school is no longer in use, but when I attended Erasmus I used to go in there to study. Some counselor had their offices int there and there were shelves upon shelves of books.
Erasmus Hall has a magnificent and inspiring chapel that contain Tiffany stained glass windows. I was in the Christmas concert in my last year and it was held in the chapel.
Other Erasmus Hall alumni inlcude Barbara Stanwyck, Clive Davis, Eli Wallach, Cheryl Toussaint, Janelle Commissiong, and John Forsthye and among others.