Are eponymous buildings egotistical or practical?

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May 19 2010 10:17 AM

Building a Legacy

Why do rich people demand to have structures named in their honor?

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We must practice patience and fortitude, the names of the lions flanking the main library's Fifth Avenue steps.

—Constance

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Constance Casey is a former New York City Department of Parks gardener and writes the monthly "Species" column for Landscape Architecture Magazine.