Marymount Manhattan College's first building was 221 East 71st Street, purchased in 1948 from the Junior League, which had erected the building in 1930 as a clubhouse.
The Black-and-White was initially the lobby of the building.
In 1961, the entrance moved to the western end of the building, and in 2004 the Black-and-White was incorporated into a ground-floor art gallery.
In 2016, Marymount Manhattan College named its main building in honor of alumna Judith Carson and her husband Russ.
When MMC first came to 71st Street, the "Great Hall" was a ballroom with a raised platform, suitable for lectures, dances . . .
. . . and commencements. This commencement was in 1966.
The stage is behind the mirror here, and the Great Hall is now a place for teaching dance rather than social dancing.
MMC's photogenic staircase in 1969, with trustee Joseph C. Nugent, honorary degree recipient Coretta Scott King, President Colette Mahoney, RSHM, & Terence Cardinal Cooke.
The staircase is still elegant enough for photo shoots, and also a convenient place to stash coats and bags.
MMC kept the Junior League's second-floor parlor, initially called "the Mezzanine."
President Judson Shaver and his wife Page oversaw Mezzanine redecoration in the early 2000s.
On September 30, 2003, MMC named "the Mezzanine" in honor of its sixth president, Regina S. Peruggi.
MMC initially also kept the Junior League's third-floor library. Today, this is the president's office, the woodwork still intact.
The south side of the fourth floor, overlooking 71st Street, used to be taken up by a chapel, seen here in 1950. Today the area is divided between the interfaith center and the computer lab.
Under President Judson Shaver, the chapel became a multi-faith center. It was renovated in 2021.
Perhaps the most dramatic change came in 2003, when MMC drained the 8th-floor swimming pool to make way for eighth-floor offices and art studios and seventh-floor labs.
The eighth floor was divided in half. Academic Affairs and Student Affairs moved to the northern side of the floor. The southern floor was turned into one large space to prepare for the creation of art studios.
By 2021 the Art Department was well developed. This is one of the studios for drawing and painting.
In 2021 Marymount Manhattan College announced a gift from alumna Judith Carson for the creation of visual arts center.
On the renovated seventh floor is the Ruth Smadbeck Communications and Learning Center, where beginning students can observe more advanced students practice their clinical skills under the supervisor of speech-pathology faculty.
Ruth Smadbeck spent a lifetime serving New York City's Hecksher Foundation, which supports children's health services and provided young people with recreation and opportunities to participate in the arts.
In 1961, MMC purchased the townhouse that stood between 221 East 71st and the Colonial Dames headquarters to the west.
MMC demolished the townhouse and extended its 71st Street building west. This is where the main entrance to MMC has been ever since.
During the 1960s MMC acquired a row of townhouses behind its 71st Street Building, facing East 72nd Street.
In 1972 MMC demolished the townhouses and held its first and so far only outdoor commencement.
On October 24, 1974, MMC opened its Nugent Building, named for long-time Chair of the Board of Trustees Joseph C. Nugent, seen here on the podium that day.
In the basement of the Nugent Building is the William J. Bordeau Black Box Theatre.
The theatre is named for the late Professor Bordeau, seen here on the far right coaching students on the stage in the Great Hall in the 1970s. He went on to develop both MMC's theatre and its theatre program.
Since at least 1985, MMC has used the corridor leading from the 71st Street entrance into the Nugent Building as an art gallery.
On November 18, 2004, MMC opened its Hewitt Art Gallery, named for alumna and donor Marsha Hewitt and her husband Carl, seen here on opening night.
MMC opened its theatre February 19, 1975, with honorary degrees for Metropolitan Opera prima donna Licia Albanese Gimma and musician and music patron Marta Angelica Montanez Martinez Casals.
In May 1975 MMC mounted its first performance, "Waiting for Godot." Through the 1990s, MMC rented the theatre to performing artists, but by the 2000s, the college kept the space occupied with its own lecturers and performances.
On January 29, 2001, MMC named its theatre in honor of alumna, trustee, and donor Theresa Lang, seen here with her husband Eugene that evening.
Near the 72nd Street side of the Nugent Building's first floor is the Nugent Lounge, which looked like this when it opened.
The Nugent Lounge is named for alumna, trustee, and donor Constance Nugent McQuade, daughter of Joseph C. Nugent
The addition of a coffee shop is a useful for students fueling up for long classes and study periods.
MMC library opened December 14, 1974, with author and "Paris Review" editor George Plimpton as speaker.
This is what the library looked like when it first opened, with Mrs. Enid George as Circulation Manager.
This is what the library looks like in 2021, as the librarians reduce the library footprint to make way for the art studios to move in during the construction of the visual arts center and other offices move in for longer terms.
This is what the Nugent classroom looked like originally. That's the late Professor Gurcharan Singh teaching international studies in 1996.
A classroom in 2021
During the 2010s, MMC outfitted several fourth-floor Nugent classrooms for specific purposes. This is a dance studio.
A fourth-floor Nugent classroom outfitted for theatre, 2021
In 1998, the fifth floor became the Lang Center for Producing, with Eugene and Teresa Lang at the dedication.
The fifth-floor equipment has been upgraded repeatedly to give students experience with producing and editing audio and video.
On September 8, 2008, MMC celebrated a new connection between its buildings with the dedication of the Lowerre Family Terrance. Alumni and donor Paul Lowerre is in the back of the group, with trustee Judith Carson, President Jud Shaver and the Lowerre fam
MMC added its 55th Street dorm in 2001 and purchased its faculty townhouse in 2010, but 221 East 71st Street, seen in this sketch used on college promotional material in the 1980s, remains its heart and home.