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The Implemented Plan

Collens' Library Designs (Interior)


Williston Library Reading Room. Courtesy of MHC Archives.


The interior features a great Gothic reading room, with open timbered roof, and wood tresses resting on carved stone corbels, all reminiscent of London’s Westminster Hall. It is one of the most architecturally dramatic interior spaces on campus. The large tracery windows at both ends of the reading room, features seals of women’s colleges on one side and famous printers’ marks on the opposite wall. Actually, the college seals depict the first Woman’s schools in the Country known as the seven-college conference. They included, Smith College, Barnard College, Vassar College, Bryn Mawr College, Radcliffe College, Wellesley College and Mount Holyoke College. The windows also featured seals of The Daughter Colleges, which were woman’s colleges set up in association with Mount Holyoke College; Wheaton Seminary, Lake Erie, Mills College, John Brown University and The Western University.

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The History of Gothic Architecture:
Cambridge and Princeton
About Ralph Cram

A Time of Transition:
Bryn Mawr
Mary E. Woolley
Frederick Olmsted Jr.

The Envisioned Plan:
Program for Campus Development
Designs for the Library and Chapel
Shurtleff and Cram Present Their Ideas

The Implemented Plan:
Meetings and Discussions
Collens' Library Designs(Exterior)
Collens' Library Designs (Interior)
Bertha Blakely's Influence
Abbey Memorial Chapel
Charles Collens Dedication Speech and closing comments

Trivial Pursuit Question





This page was created by Ellie Perrier '07 FP in History 283, Spring 2 006