This Wednesday, while making a familiar stride towards Collegetown and inevitably passing in front of the Law School after a long day of classes, my friend mentioned to me that she was hoping to plan a day to study in Cornell’s Law School library. After realizing that she had never been inside the law school, despite passing it daily, without a second thought, we both made an abrupt right turn into the building. At first, we whimsically made it a goal between us to make it to the highest tower of the building, without maps or guidance of any sort. Since it’s a vastly huge building with as many narrow, subtle passages, and seemingly endless stairs and doorways as open spaces, this proved to be very difficult. Fifteen minutes into our exploration, we learned that the tower is off-limits to the public. Regardless of not reaching our original plan, we continued quietly roaming without a plan or aim, making sure not to bother anyone, but internally sharing our own moments of excitement as we found different aspects and corners of the school.
The school is very interesting in that like much of Cornell, it is a blend of old and new, historic and innovative. One turn might reveal an early 20th century elevator and grand chandeliers hanging from high ceilings and the next a warmly lit, modern cafe-style study center. From a quick glance upon the outside, the school certainly looks as old as it is, but its recent renovations and sections of modern design show otherwise.
Apart from the beauty of the school and its famous library, it was also interesting to discover other parts of it such as the room that once was the One World Cafe, the religious communities and centers of prayer, the Alternatives Library, the Anabel Taylor auditorium, and the One World Room.