It housed three classrooms, a little bit of office space, and a mysterious room containing YC's archives.
Now, except for the restroom walls, the entire LL has been gutted and is being reconstructed:
By January, it will be filled with books, a few great spaces to study, and a computer lab.
Weather and a few other delays meant the installation of the new front doors and additional concrete have been pushed back a bit. In the meantime, workers have been readying the former office space to take on its new role as entry. A few before and during shots:
For several months, the print collection housed on Second Level has been out of order and virtually inaccessible as double-sided shelves have been pushed to the perimeter walls. Dr. Cox and Leo have begun the process of reconstructing this space for temporary use this fall.
Barring weather issues, next Tuesday's big news should be a fabulous new front entry. Stay tuned!
The weather finally cooperated and today the 2nd floor conference room windows came out! Previously, the center spaces in the window frames were glass, while the upper and lower panels were a solid surface on the outside and wood paneled on the inside? Now? Floor to ceiling views! So nice!
Called the "Alumni Room" in one early architectural drawing and the "Rare Books Room" in another, this room has been one of Levitt's best-kept secrets. At the opposite end of the computer testing lab, it was easy to miss. Chances are, that will change. The view of campus is delightful, no matter the season. Tucked around behind the stairs, it's a peaceful space with great potential. Though the 2nd Level won't see much in the way of updates until 2020, if this hint of a facelift is an indication of what's to come, it's going to be prime real estate on our campus.
The front entrance has always been ground-level center, a problem for those requiring wheelchair access since the first things an entering patron encounters are stairs going up and down. This week, the west-facing windows of the Main Level's former office space will be replaced with new windows and entry doors. As you can see in the photos, some of the new concrete has been poured in preparation for changes in the elevation. The previous entrance will cease to operate as such, and will be reconfigured with windows that allow a little light to spill into the Lower Level.
The Weeping White Pine has been transplanted to the east side of the building. So far, so good; it looks like it will survive the relocation!
Below, enjoy a 'before' photo of the upstairs room followed by some during and after shots.
Learn more about the renovation and the leaders making it happen in this article on the main YC news page!
1969 was a big year.
Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The Beatles performed for the last time. 747s graced the friendly skies. For the first time, a student checked out a book in York College’s Levitt Library.
Much has changed in the fifty years since Levitt’s doors opened, and it’s time to hit the ‘refresh’ button on this historic building with great bones that has served us so well. A $2.25 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education and additional support by fantastic donors are paving the way for the next half century.