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A Collegiate Gothic Moment

Trivial Pursuit Question and Answer

QUESTION:

“Who is thought to be the first American architect to use the term “Collegiate Gothic”?

ANSWER:

“Alexander Jackson Davis was perhaps the first American architect to use the term “Collegiate Gothic”, by which he seems to have meant the late medieval styles found at the English universities. But he used the term loosely to include various styles and building types, as indicated by a reference in his office diary to a building in a “Collegiate Gothic Villa Style.” In his designs for colleges, Davis was less concerned with the niceties of historical styles than with creating standard types of plans appropriate to the functions of specific kinds of institutions.” Davis’s influences may have sparked the decisions that brought this architecture to Mount Holyoke College (20).


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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

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This page was created by Ellie Perrier '07 FP in History 283, Spring 2006 -eperrier@mtholyoke.edu