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A Look Back: Belfer Building Turns 50

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A Look Back: Belfer Building Turns 50

Urgently needed for a growing College of Medicine: more lab space, classrooms for basic-science instruction, and an auditorium for lectures. The solution: The Arthur B. and Diane Belfer Educational Center for Health Sciences, which opened in 1972 and permitted increased student enrollment. This photo, looking northwest from Eastchester Road toward Morris Park Avenue, shows the 15-story building as it neared completion. The new center expanded the department of community health, grew the audiovisual department, and instituted a computer and biomathematics center. The Belfer Building also centralized the office of the dean and Einstein’s administrative services—until then scattered throughout the campus—and provided space for an office of education. The $10.2 million structure was paid for by a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, along with funding from New York City and New York State and a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Belfer, who were significant Einstein supporters.

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