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Columbia Has Three National Historic Landmarks on Campus

Designated by the National Park Service, a National Historic Landmark is a property or site that captures a unique aspect of the United States’ heritage (not to be confused with the National Register of Historic Places, on which Columbia has six sites). The first campus building to be added to the National Historic Landmark Program, in December 1965, was the Pupin Physics Laboratory (at right), commemorating the successful splitting of the atom in Pupin’s basement lab. In December 1987, Low Memorial Library — the largest granite-domed building in the U.S. — joined Pupin on the list. Philosophy Hall was added in July 2003 for being the place where Edwin Howard Armstrong SEAS 1913 invented FM radio.