Vassar College Historic Preservation Design Manual

Founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, Poughkeepsie brewer and businessman, Vassar College was the first endowed college to provide a full and rigorous liberal arts curriculum for women. Vassar chose the prominent New York architect James Renwick Jr. to design the first campus building, a huge Second Empire-style building patterned after the Tuilleries Palace. Over the next 150 years, the College continued to commission important examples of Medieval Revival, Second Empire, Colonial Revival, Beaux-Arts, Modern, and Postmodern architecture, all set in a spacious and verdant campus landscape. With grant funds, Vassar will survey 52 buildings on the campus, with special attention to the preservation issues presented by buildings constructed since 1950, and produce a historic preservation design manual.

Vassar College received a Getty grant in 2005 for $175,000 to support campus heritage planning.

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Alternate Title: Section 1 of 3
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Table of Contents: Design Manual Introduction...7-9
List of Buildings...11-13
Pre-Modern Buildings...15
1-Main House...17
2-Maria Mitchell Observatory...20
3-Avery Hall (see Bldg. No. 54)
4-Ely Hall...22
5-Thomson Annex to Main Building (see Bldg. No. 41)
6-Strong House...24
7-Presidents House...26
8-Raymond House...28
9-Rockefeller Hall...30
10-Swift Hall...32
11-Lathrop House...34
12-New England Building...36
13-Davison House...38
14-Vassar Chapel...40
15-Frederick M. Thompson Memorial Library...42
16-Jewett House...44
17-Carol & James Kautz Admission House...46
18-Sanders Class Building...48
19-Olivia P. Josselyn House...50
20-Students' Building (All Campus Dining Center)...52
21-Taylor Hall...54
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