You wouldn’t think you’d be able to find a replica of St. John the Divine’s nestled in the foothills of Seoul – or City College, or Columbia University for that matter. And yet you can, all arranged around each other at Kyung Hee University. This extraordinary college was the brainchild of an equally extraordinary man, Young Seek Choue, who founded the institution in 1951.
Here, in a country divided by war and a world divided by ideology, Choue sought to establish a place of learning that would be devoted to the study of peace on an individual, societal, and global level. Today Kyung Hee is one of the most prestigious universities in South Korea, and attracts scholars from around the world to its international studies programs. And yet…what’s up with these buildings?!
Savvy Untapped readers know that Hogwarts exists in New York City, in the form of the General Theological Seminary in Chelsea. As explained in Benjamin Waldman’s post from 2011, the General Theological Seminary was established in 1817 as a training ground for future Episcopalian priests, and in 1827 construction began on the Seminary’s Chelsea campus. This campus was enriched in the 1880s by a series of graceful Neo-Gothic structures designed by Charles Haight, which ring the perimeter of the institution’s serene inner quadrangle. This Oxf0rd-style complex is one of the hidden treasures of the city. But there is more to the General Theological Seminary than that. (more…)
Did you know you can see Coney Island from Prospect Park? You can, and much more besides, from a spot hidden in plain site 177 feet above sea level called Lookout Hill. Located between the lower lake and the Nethermead on the park’s southeastern end, Lookout Hill first entered the history books as the site of a noble last stand by the Maryland 400, a company of Patriots who protected the American retreat during the the Battle of Brooklyn in 1776 (a monument to the heroes lies at the hill’s lake-side base, designed by the famous architect Stanford White). Later it became the civilized centerpiece of Olmsted and Vaux’s 1870 design for their park. Curving carriageways would bring the good burghers of Brooklyn up the elevation, where they would decamp on a landscaped plateau. Distant traces of bandstand music from the meadow below mingled with hushed conversation concerning the City’s glorious future, as citizens eyed the undeveloped tracts of meadow and forest stretching five miles distant towards Bay Ridge and Coney Island.