Daniel F. Guggenheim Building

  • Ground Broken Date: March 3 1930
  • Date Building Named: June 8, 1931
  • Guggenheim School of Aeronautics is consistently ranked in the top 5 programs, globally

The Daniel F. Guggenheim Building was completed in 1931 and occupies 12,900 square feet that is used for classrooms, offices, and laboratories. The building was dedicated on June 8, 1931 as the Guggenheim School of Aeronautics with classes beginning in September of the same year with 18 students, 2 faculty members, and a budget of $10,000. Now, the Guggenheim School of Aeronautics is world renown and consistently ranks in the top 5 in both undergraduate and graduate Aeronautical programs. In 1948 a temporary building that housed extra laboratory space, in particular the gas dynamics laboratory, was erected in very close proximity, which eventually joined the Guggenheim Building and was rededicated in 1968 as the Montgomery Knight Building.

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Philanthropy - The Aerospace building and program was named after Daniel F. Guggenheim because of his generous grant of $300,000 from The Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics, Inc.

Daniel Guggenheim

Born in Philadelphia, Daniel was an industrialist and philanthropist known for his acquisition of ASARCO and the management of the Guggenheim mining enterprise. During World War I, he and his son became aviation enthusiasts leading to the establishment of the Daniel Guggenheim Medal and the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics to recognize and stimulate research in aviation technology.