AAP NYC Tours Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination

December 10, 2012

On November 10, a group from AAP NYC received a private tour of the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination which is housed on the grounds of Jay ’77 and Eileen ’76, ’78 Walker’s home in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

The group, which included students, alumni, and Dean Kent Kleinman, received a personal tour from Jay Walker, who tailored the presentation for architects by bringing out some prized texts including the original building plan for the Eiffel Tower, and leather-bound blueprints for the Palais Garnier Paris Opera House.

Other items viewed by the group included the Wicked Witch’s crystal ball from the Wizard of Oz, a napkin on which Franklin Delano Roosevelt scrawled his five-point plan for winning World War II, a page from Gutenberg’s first bible, a hand-painted print by Raphael of his paintings for the Pope’s personal quarters, fossilized dinosaur eggs, signed memorabilia from Apollo 11 and 13, and the first ever computer motherboard.

After the tour, Walker answered questions and invited the group to explore and handle the materials.

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