The colonial facade and weathered brick of the New England college and university campus is one of the most enduring and iconic of all American images, but the architectural genre has rarely been studied across institutions.
In this lavishly illustrated and insightful study of antebellum college architecture, Bryant F. Tolles, Jr., discusses the historic New England origins and development of college building design and campus planning principles, finding profound similarities in collegiate architecture in the region, along with equally important deviations and institutional idiosyncrasies.
Focusing on the architecture and related history of individual buildings, their functions, and their interrelationships with the other buildings of their respective campus environments, Tolles has written a fascinating and accessible guide to New England college architecture for the interested lay reader and scholar, and a must-have for regional libraries and architectural collections.
Colleges covered include:
Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Brown, Colby, Dartmouth, Harvard, Holy Cross, Middlebury, Norwich, Trinity, Tufts, Yale, Wesleyan, Williams and University of Vermont.
Publisher: University Press of New England
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 960 g
Dimensions: 279 x 216 x 23 mm
In his new book, Architecture & Academe: College Buildings in New England Before 1860 (University Press of New England), Bryant F. Tolles Jr. examines the buildings and planning concepts of some of the country s first colleges and universities, starting with Harvard and Yale Universities (sorry, William & Mary Tolles focuses exclusively on the Northeast) and moving through Brown University; Dartmouth, Williams, and Bowdoin Colleges; the University of Vermont; and more. Tolles, professor emeritus of history and art history at the University of Delaware, traces the origins and influences of each campus s individual style, as well as the impact it may have had on others: Harvard s quadrangle plan, for example, was modeled on England s universities, while Yale s row plan set a new precedent that was followed by the first planners of many later institutions, such as the University of Vermont and Amherst, Colby, and Bates Colleges, among numerous others. Inside Higher Ed"
For the non-specialist, Tolles s thorough analysis of the dozens of structures built in this period, including many that still exist, is accessible though occasionally taxing. However, thanks to excellent illustrations, many in color, as well as vigorous writing, the subject matter is kept lively. More importantly, anyone involved in New England s academic enterprise will certainly find interest in learning more about so many familiar landmark structures, which Tolles calls, surviving expressions of the fertile relationship between architecture and academe. New England Journal of Higher Education"
[Tolles] has produced a volume encompassing a rich collection of illustrations, a full series of endnotes, and up-to-date bibliography of published sources just short of exhaustive, and a text describing individual buildings divided into colonial colleges (Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth) and those founded between the Revolution and the Civil War (Williams, Bowdoin, University of Vermont, Middlebury, Norwich, Amherst, Holy Cross, Tufts, Trinity, Wesleyan, Colby, and Bates). New England Quarterly"
The book will endure as an indispensible research resource for architectural historians, facilities managers, university administrators, architects and builders charged with preserving or rehabilitating the iconic structures and settings the book celebrates. It should find its way on to the book shelves of anyone interested in traditional architecture in the United States because it documents the durability and enduring value of buildings built with traditional materials and building craft details. Traditional Building"