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Building for Women:
Maintaining Domesticity Through Architecture

 

 
Seminary building, ca.1883, Courtesy MHC Archives ??
 
Mary Brigham Hall, ca.1900s. Courtesy MHC Archives (3)
 
 
 

The single-structure, multi-purpose design and function of the original seminary building was meant to promote a domestic atmosphere for its female students. However, in the 1890s, the theme of domesticity truly prevailed in the college's rebuilding. The architecture of the new 'cottage system,' made up of decentralized
residencies, carried on the idea of maintaining the femininity and domesticity of its students, as defined by society.

 

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