Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Opposite of the black and white mural is the entrance to the Auditorium and Fuertes Room.
This room was once the private library of Frederick Brewster. In 1909, Brewster commissioned Ithaca-born artist Louis Agassiz Fuertes to design the teak-paneled library and complete the oil paintings in the room today. These birds depicted in these paintings are among some of Fuertes’ favorites, pictured in their most appropriate and natural postures and habitats. This library was donated and incorporated into the current Lab building in 2003. As a piece of physical history, this room contains many original elements including the paintings, the books, and the door.
Louis Fuertes was an accomplished American ornithologist, illustrator, and artist. After graduating from Cornell University in 1897, he set out on a series of expeditions that expanded his knowledge of birds in North America. He applied this knowledge to his artistic and scientific works and also became a lecturer of ornithology at Cornell University. His dedication to the study of birds is invaluable, leaving his successors with around 3,500 beautifully prepared bird skins and over a thousand sketches of more than 400 different species of birds.
This point of interest is part of the tour: Art Walk