The Info List - Collegiate Gothic

--- Advertisement ---

Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
was an architectural style subgenre of Gothic Revival architecture, popular in the late-19th and early-20th centuries for college and high school buildings in the United States and Canada, and to a certain extent Europe. A form of historicist architecture, it took its inspiration from English Tudor and Gothic buildings. It has returned in the 21st century in the form of prominent new buildings at schools and universities including Princeton and Yale.[1] Ralph Adams Cram, arguably the leading Gothic Revival architect and theoretician in the early 20th century, stated the appeal of the Gothic for educational facilities in his book Gothic Quest as, "Through architecture and its allied arts we have the power to bend men and sway them as few have who depended on the spoken word. It is for us, as part of our duty as our highest privilege to act ... for spreading what is true."[2]


1 History

1.1 Beginnings 1.2 Movement 1.3 Origins of the term 1.4 1904 commentary 1.5 Hybrids 1.6 21st Century Revival

2 Architects of the Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
style 3 Examples 4 Gallery 5 See also 6 References 7 Sources 8 External links

History[edit] Beginnings[edit] Gothic Revival architecture
Gothic Revival architecture
was used for American college buildings as early as 1829, when "Old Kenyon" was completed on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.[3] Alexander Jackson Davis's University Hall (1833–37, demolished 1890), on New York University's Washington Square campus, was another early example. Richard Bond's church-like library for Harvard College, Gore Hall (1837–41, demolished 1913), became the model for other library buildings.[4][5] James Renwick, Jr.'s Free Academy Building (1847–49, demolished 1928), for what is today City College of New York, continued in the style. Inspired by London's Hampton Court Palace, Swedish-born Charles Ulricson
Charles Ulricson
designed Old Main (1856–57) at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.[6] Following the Civil War, idiosyncratic High Victorian Gothic
High Victorian Gothic
buildings were added to the campuses of American colleges, including Yale College – Farnam Hall (1869–70), Russell Sturgis, architect; the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
– College Hall (1870–72), Thomas W. Richards, architect; Harvard College
Harvard College
– Memorial Hall, (1870–77), William Robert Ware
William Robert Ware
and Henry Van Brunt, architects; and Cornell University – Sage Hall
Sage Hall
(1871–75), Charles Babcock, architect. In 1871, English architect William Burges
William Burges
designed a row of vigorous French Gothic-inspired buildings for Trinity College – Seabury Hall, Northam Tower, Jarvis Hall (all completed 1878) – in Hartford, Connecticut. Tastes became more conservative in the 1880s, and "collegiate architecture soon after came to prefer a more scholarly and less restless Gothic."[7] Movement[edit] Beginning in the late-1880s, Philadelphia architects Walter Cope and John Stewardson expanded the campus of Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
in an understated English Gothic style that was highly sensitive to site and materials. Inspired by the architecture of Oxford and Cambridge universities, and historicists but not literal copyists, Cope & Stewardson were highly influential in establishing the Collegiate Gothic style.[8] Commissions followed for collections of buildings at the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
(1895–1911), Princeton University (1896–1902), and Washington University in St. Louis
Washington University in St. Louis
(1899–1909), marking the nascent beginnings of a movement that transformed many college campuses across the country. In 1901, the firm of Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge created a master plan for a Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
campus for the fledgling University of Chicago, then spent the next 15 years completing it. Some of their works, such as the Mitchell Tower (1901–1908), were near-literal copies of historic buildings. George Browne Post designed the City College of New York's new campus (1903–1907) at Hamilton Heights, Manhattan, in the style.[citation needed] The style was experienced up-close by a wide audience at the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Louisiana Purchase Exposition
in St. Louis, Missouri. The World's Fair and 1904 Olympic Games
1904 Olympic Games
were held on the newly completed campus of Washington University, which delayed occupying its buildings until 1905.[citation needed] The movement gained further momentum when Charles Donagh Maginnis designed Gasson Hall
Gasson Hall
at Boston College
Boston College
in 1908. Maginnis & Walsh went on to design Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
buildings at some twenty-five other campuses, including the main buildings at Emmanuel College (Massachusetts), and the law school at the University of Notre Dame.[citation needed] Ralph Adams Cram
Ralph Adams Cram
designed one of the most poetic collections of Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
buildings for the Princeton University
Princeton University
Graduate College (1911–1917). James Gamble Rogers's extensive work at Yale University, beginning in 1917, took historicist fantasy to an extreme. He was criticized by the growing Modernist movement.[9] His cathedral-like Sterling Memorial Library (1927–1930), with its ecclesiastical imagery and lavish use of ornament, came under vocal attack from one of Yale's own undergraduates:

A modern building constructed for purely modern needs has no excuse for going off in an orgy of meretricious medievalism and stale iconography.[10]

Following McMaster University's decision to relocate to Hamilton, Ontario, Canadian architect William Lyon Somerville
William Lyon Somerville
designed its new campus (1928–1930) in the style.[citation needed] Origins of the term[edit] American architect Alexander Jackson Davis
Alexander Jackson Davis
is "generally credited with coining the term"[11] documented in a handwritten description of his own "English Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
Mansion" of 1853 for the Harrals of Bridgeport, Connecticut.[12] The movement was known as "Collegiate Gothic" in the 1890s.[13] 1904 commentary[edit] In his praise for Cope & Stewardson's Quadrangle Dormitories at the University of Pennsylvania, architect Ralph Adams Cram
Ralph Adams Cram
revealed some of the racial and cultural implications underlying the Collegiate Gothic:

It was, of course, in the great group of dormitories for the University of Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
that Cope and Stewardson
Cope and Stewardson
first came before the entire country as the great exponents of architectural poetry and of the importance of historical continuity and the connotation of scholasticism. These buildings are among the most remarkable yet built in America ... First of all, let it be said at once that primarily they are what they should be: scholastic in inspiration and effect, and scholastic of the type that is ours by inheritance; of Oxford and Cambridge, not of Padua or Wittenberg or Paris. They are picturesque also, even dramatic; they are altogether wonderful in mass and in composition. If they are not a constant inspiration to those who dwell within their walls or pass through their "quads" or their vaulted archways, it is not their fault but that of the men themselves. The [Spanish-American War Memorial] tower has been severely criticized as an archaeological abstraction reared to commemorate contemporary American heroism. The criticism seems just to me, though only in a measure. American heroism harks back to English heroism; the blood shed before Manila and on San Juan Hill was the same blood that flowed at Bosworth Field, Flodden, and the Boyne. Therefore the British base of the design is indispensable, for such were the racial foundations.[14] Hybrids[edit] Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
complexes were most often horizontal compositions, save for a single tower or towers serving as an exclamation. At the University of Pittsburgh, Charles Klauder
Charles Klauder
was presented with a limited site and opted for verticality. The Cathedral of Learning (1926–37), a steel-frame, limestone-clad, 42-story skyscraper, is the world's second tallest university building and second tallest Gothic-styled building.[15] It has been described as the literal culmination of late Gothic Revival architecture.[16] The tower contain a half-acre Gothic hall whose mass is supported only by its 52-foot (16 m) tall arches.[17] It is accompanied by the campus's other Gothic Revival structures by Klauder, including the Stephen Foster Memorial (1935–1937) and the French Gothic Heinz Memorial Chapel (1933–1938). 21st Century Revival[edit] A number of colleges and universities have commissioned major new buildings in the Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
style in recent years. These include Princeton University's Whitman College (Porphyrios Associates, 2007), Yale University's Benjamin Franklin College
Benjamin Franklin College
and Pauli Murray College (Robert A.M. Stern Architects, 2017), and University of Southern California's USC Village (Harley Ellis Devereaux, 2017). Architects of the Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic

Play media

The Wallis Annenberg Hall at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is an example of new collegiate gothic architecture. The grand building, set to open 2014, will feature advanced technology for communication and journalism.

Julian Abele Snowden Ashford Allen & Collens Cope & Stewardson Ralph Adams Cram William Augustus Edwards Philip H. Frohman Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue Guilbert and Betelle Charles Klauder Pond and Pond James Gamble Rogers Horace Trumbauer Dan Everett Waid David Webster York and Sawyer


This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2015) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)

Altgeld's castles – a set of buildings within five Illinois universities (1896–1899) Augustana College (Illinois), Rock Island, Illinois – The Old Seminary, the Ascension Chapel, and Founders Hall (1923) Berry College
Berry College
– Ford buildings Boston College – specifically Gasson Hall, Devlin Hall, St. Mary's Hall, and Bapst/Burns Library Bryn Athyn Cathedral
Bryn Athyn Cathedral
of Bryn Athyn College Bryn Mawr College – Pembroke Hall (1894)[18] Carleton College Central Commerce Collegiate, Toronto Central Technical School, Toronto City College of New York
City College of New York
(1903), George Browne Post, architect College of Wooster
College of Wooster
– Kauke Hall Columbia University: Teachers College Cornell University Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute, Toronto
1922–1923 Dobbs Ferry High School, Dobbs Ferry, New York (1934) Duke University – Duke Chapel
Duke Chapel
(1930–1935), and West Campus, arch. Eastern Commerce Collegiate Institute, Toronto, Canada
1925 Eastern Senior High School (1923), Washington, D.C.[19] Emma Willard School Florida A&M University Florida State University Fordham University – Rose Hill Campus[20][21] Fordson High School, Dearborn, Michigan Franklin & Marshall College – Old Main, Goethean Hall, and Diagnothian Hall (1854–1857) Georgia Tech Grinnell College High Point Central High School (1926), (High Point, North Carolina) Hillsborough High School (Tampa, Florida) Indiana University-Bloomington Isaac E. Young Middle School, New Rochelle, New York John Carroll University John Marshall High School, Los Angeles, California Kenyon College Knox College – Old Main (1857)[6] Lehigh University Loyola University Maryland Loyola University New Orleans – Marquette Hall (1910) McGill University, Montreal, Canada McKinley High School, St. Louis, Missouri McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, New York (1937) Michigan State University Milliken Public School, Markham – façade only (1929) New Jersey Institute of Technology – Central King Building, the old Central High School of Newark (1911) North Toronto
Collegiate Institute 1912 – demolished Northwestern University Northwest Missouri State University – Administration Building Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Georgia Parkdale Collegiate Institute, Toronto
1929 Princeton University – Blair Hall (1896)[22] R. H. King Academy, Toronto – destroyed in fire and only arch from girls' entrance from original building remains (1922) Reed College, Oregon Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee Purdue University Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[23] Sewanee: The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee Trinity College, Connecticut United States
United States
Military Academy, West Point, New York University of Arkansas University of Chicago University of Denver University of Florida University of Idaho University of Iowa University of Michigan – U of M Law School (1924), Martha Cook Building (1915) University of Notre Dame University of Oklahoma University of Pennsylvania – Quadrangle Dormitories (1894–1911),[24] Medical School (1904, 1928), Veterinary School and Hospital (1906, 1912), Law School (1900) University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
(Cathedral of Learning, Heinz Chapel, Stephen Foster Memorial, Clapp Hall) University of Richmond, Virginia University of St. Thomas, Minnesota University of Saskatchewan, Canada University of Southern California – Wallis Annenberg Hall University of Tennessee at Chattanooga University of Toledo – University Hall and Memorial Field House, Ohio University of Toronto – St. George campus, Canada University of Washington
University of Washington
in Seattle – Suzzallo Library
Suzzallo Library
(1926) The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada Washington University in St. Louis – Brookings Hall
Brookings Hall
(1900), and the Danforth Campus Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University West Chester University Western Technical-Commercial School, Toronto
(1927) Williams College, Thompson Memorial Chapel Yale University – Sterling Memorial Library, Harkness Tower, and the Memorial Quadrangle; arch. James Gamble Rogers. York Memorial Collegiate Institute, Toronto


"Old Kenyon" (1827–29), Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. Architect Charles Bullfinch
Charles Bullfinch
designed its steeple.

University Hall (1833–37), New York University, Alexander Jackson Davis, architect.

Gore Hall (1837–41), Harvard College, Richard Bond, architect.

Free Academy Building (1847–49), City College of New York, James Renwick, Jr., architect.

Old Main (1856–57), Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, Charles Ulricson, architect.

Original design for Farnam Hall (1869), Yale University, Russell Sturgis, architect.

College Hall (1870–72), University of Pennsylvania, Thomas W. Richards, architect.

Memorial Hall (1870–77), Harvard University, William Robert Ware & Henry Van Brunt, architects.

Sage Hall
Sage Hall
(1871–75), Cornell University, Charles Babcock, architect.

Seabury Hall, Northam Tower, Jarvis Hall (1871–78), Trinity College, William Burges, architect.

Quadrangle Dormitories (University of Pennsylvania)
Quadrangle Dormitories (University of Pennsylvania)
(1894–1911), Cope and Stewardson, architects.

Mitchell Tower (1901–1908), University of Chicago, Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge, architects. Modeled after the Magdalen Tower (1492–1508), Oxford University
Oxford University

Brookings Hall
Brookings Hall
(1902–1904), Washington University in St. Louis, Cope and Stewardson, architects. This served as the Administration Building at the 1904 World's Fair.

Thompson Memorial Library
Thompson Memorial Library
(1903–1905), Vassar College, Allen & Collens, architects.

Shephard Hall tower (1903–1907), City College of New York, George Browne Post, architect.

Shephard Hall (1903–1907), City College of New York, George B. Post, architect.

Holder Hall, Princeton University
Princeton University

Memorial Quadrangle
Memorial Quadrangle
(1917–1921), Yale University, James Gamble Rogers, architect.

Suzzallo Library
Suzzallo Library
(1922–1926), University of Washington
University of Washington
in Seattle, Charles Bebb and Carl F. Gould, architects

Edwards Hall (1928–1930), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, William Lyon Somerville, architect.

Cathedral of Learning
Cathedral of Learning
(1926–1937), University of Pittsburgh, Charles Klauder, architect. This is the tallest educational building in the Western hemisphere.[15]

Heinz Chapel
Heinz Chapel
(1933–1938), University of Pittsburgh, Charles Klauder, architect.

See also[edit]

Gothic architecture Gothic Revival architecture Carpenter Gothic


^ Hawthorne, Christopher. "College campuses are constructing buildings that look like they're straight out of Harry Potter's world". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-03-21.  ^ Slipek, Edwin J., Jr., Ralph Adams Cram, The University of Richmond and the Gothic Style Today, Marsh Art Gallery, University of Richmond, 1997 p. 19 ^ Rev. Norman Nash designed the building. Architect Charles Bullfinch was asked to review the plans, and designed the steeple. Marjorie Warvelle Harbaugh, "Charles Bullfinch," The First Forty Years of Washington DC Architecture, (Lulu, 2013), p. 362.[1] ^ Daniel Coit Gilman, "The Library of Yale College," The University Quarterly (October 1860), p. 9.[2] ^ Kenneth A. Breisch, Henry Hobson Richardson and the Small Public Library in America, (MIT Press, 1997), p. 60. ^ a b "Old Main". Knox College. Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2015.  ^ Lewis, The Gothic Revival, p. 185. ^ "Collegiate Gothic". Bryn Mawr Library.  ^ Paul Goldberger, "The Sterling Library: A Reassessment", On the Rise: Architecture and Design in a Post Modern Age, (Penguin Books, 1985), pp. 269–71. ^ William Harlan Hale, "Yale's Cathedral Orgy", The Nation (April 29, 1931), pp. 471–72. ^ Truettner, Julia M. (31 December 2002). Aspirations for Excellence: Alexander Jackson Davis
Alexander Jackson Davis
and the First Campus Plan for the University of Michigan, 1838. University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Press. p. 49. Retrieved 16 March 2018.  ^ Golovin, Anne Castrodale. "Bridgeport's Gothic Ornament The Harral-Wheeler House" (PDF). Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Institution Press. Retrieved 16 March 2018.  ^ Marter, ed., Joan M.; Regain, Melissa (2011). The Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, Volume 1. Oxford University
Oxford University
Press. p. 362. Retrieved 16 March 2018. CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) ^ Ralph Adams Cram, “The Work of Messrs. Cope and Stewardson,” The Architectural Record, vol. XVI, no. 5 (November 1904), pp. 414–15, 417.[3] ^ a b "Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh". SkyscraperPage.com. Retrieved 2012-12-07.  ^ Trump, James D. (1975-08-25). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form: Cathedral of Learning" (PDF). Pennsylvania's Historic Architecture & Archaeology. Retrieved 2009-10-08. "...in the literal sense of the word, Late Gothic Revival architecture culminated in the University of Pittsburgh's skyscraping Cathedral of Learning". Marcus Whiffen, architecture historian  ^ Toker, Franklin (2009). Pittsburgh: A New Portrait. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh
University of Pittsburgh
Press. p. 327. ISBN 0-8229-4371-9.  ^ " Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
– Cope and Stewardson". Bryn Mawr College Library Special
Collections. 2001. Retrieved June 11, 2015.  ^ "Replace or Modernize? The Future of the District of Columbia's Endangered Old and Historic Public Schools: Eastern Senior High School" (PDF). 21st Century School Fund. May 2001. Retrieved 2 January 2014.  ^ Venturi, Dan. " Fordham University
Fordham University
Church". Fordham University. Retrieved December 15, 2013.  ^ Jacobs, Peter (October 11, 2013). "Tour Fordham University's Stunning Campus In The Bronx". Business Insider. Retrieved June 22, 2017.  ^ "Orange Key Virtual Tour: Blair Hall". Princeton University. Retrieved June 11, 2015.  ^ "History of SJU Saint Joseph's University". www.sju.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-25.  ^ "Virtual Tour of Penn's Campus: The Quadrangle". University of Pennsylvania. Archived from the original on September 24, 2005. Retrieved June 11, 2015. 


Bergin, T. G. Yale’s Residential Colleges; the First Fifty Years. New Haven, CT: Yale University
Yale University
Press, 1983. Duke, Alex. Importing Oxbridge. New Haven: Yale University
Yale University
Press, 2006. ISBN 0300067615 Lewis, Michael J., The Gothic Revival (London: Thames & Johnson Ltd., 2002). ISBN 0-500-20359-8 Robinson, Deborah and Edmund P. Meade. "Traditional Becomes Modern: the Rise of Collegiate Gothic
Collegiate Gothic
Architecture at American Universities." Conference paper presented at 'Second International Congress on Construction History', Queens' College, Cambridge University; 2006.

External links[edit]

Media related to Collegiate Gothic architecture
Gothic architecture
in the United States at