Moment #003: Classes Begin
POSTED ON: May 3, 2019
In October, 1859 the Trustees of what was then called the Cooper Institute placed an ad in New York's daily newspapers calling for applicants to its new classes. They received around 2000 applications. The School of Design for Females began instruction and The Department of Night Instruction opened their doors in November. "Regular classes will be formed for instruction in architectural, free-hand, and mechanical drawing, (including the designing of furniture,) chemistry, mechanical philosophy, mathematics, and music," read part of the advertisement.
The First Annual Report of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, dated January 1, 1860, included the following passage
The Class in Architectural Drawing is under the direction of Mr. John F. Miller, assisted by Mr. Henry Palmer and Mr.Clarence Cook. The number of pupils in attendance is 111. It meets on the evenings of Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The rooms used by this Class as well as the Classes in Mechanical and Freehand Drawing, are spacious, and lighted in a manner specially arranged for the purpose. The instruction is given not for show, but with especial reference to the principles of mechanical drawing; mere copying is prohibited, but mechanical models are employed as the means of instruction. For this purpose a complete set of the Darmstadt models have been ordered from Europe, and a considerable portion of them have been received.