The Fifty Vanderbilt Foundation was started in 2015 by the Yale Club of New York City's immediate past president, the late J. Scott Glascock, in the same year as the centennial celebration of the Yale Club's historic and architecturally important building.
The Foundation was awarded 501(C) (3) nonprofit designation in 2016, with the purpose of preserving and maintaining the exterior façade of the building at 50 Vanderbilt Avenue, aiding in giving scholarships for Yale University students, honoring and promoting the work of the architect, James Gamble Rogers.
James Gamble Rogers (1867-1947), graduated from Yale, class of 1889. He was as a contributor to "The Yale Record" and a member of the Scroll and Key.
Rogers is responsible for many of the structures at Yale University built in the 1910's through the mid-1930's, including the university's master plan in 1924. Specific buildings include the Sterling Memorial Library, Harkness Memorial Tower, Berkeley - Johnathan Edwards - Branford - Saybrook - Trumbull - Pierson - Davenport and Timothy Dwight Colleges, Sterling Law Building, Hall of Graduate Studies, University Theatre and Drama School, and the fraternities - Beta Theta Pi, Psi Upsilon later the Fence Club, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Delta Phi, and The Fence Club.
In addition to designing for Yale University, Rogers created many other important buildings on other college campuses from Columbia, Northwestern, NYU, Sophie Newcomb, Tulane and Connecticut College campuses, as well as the Federal Courthouse in New Haven, the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital and Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center in New York.
The James Gamble Rogers Papers, manuscripts and archives are available for research in the Yale University Library.
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Vice President - Ted Berenblum '82
Secretary - Gayle Maurin DRA '85
Treasurer - Kathy Edersheim '87
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