9. Columbia’s Human Resources Building was the Studebaker Car Factory

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Manhattanville’s former Studebaker automobile factory breathes new life as Columbia University’s Human Resources building. 

With only a small logo to hint at the building’s past, Columbia’s “Studebaker” building is just that–a former automobile factory. Built in 1923 by the Studebaker automobile company, the facility originally served as a finishing factory and distribution center for the highly coveted and expensive luxury vehicles that made Studebaker a household name. In its heyday, the factory would have been filled with these vehicles and their parts, along with dealers and mechanics in training.