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King's College first opened on the first floor of the Trinity School in 1754, but it moved to the building that you see here in 1760.

This building survived the fire in 1776, but it wasn't being used as a school at the time. It had been shut down under the orders of the Continental army and turned into a hospital. It didn't open again until war ended, when it was given a new name - "Columbia College". Another example of the word "King" falling out of favour among Americans - unless it involves burgers, of course, which just sums you people up.

The college stayed here until the mid-19th century when it moved to Midtown. The building's cornerstone was moved to the new location, but the rest was torn down and the land underneath it was sold at a tidy profit - which is the history of much of downtown New York.

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