Monday, December 04, 2006

Historic Campus Architecture

I'm willing to guess that for many, many people across the state or even the nation, if asked to name a "historic college campus," few would think of a Florida school. Quick, try this -- name three historic Florida universities. . . .

Fortunately, there is the Council of Independent College's Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP) to help. This program, funded by Getty Foundation grants, has compiled a database of historic architecture and landscapes on campuses across the United States, including eight in Florida:

Edward Waters College,
Flagler College,
Florida Southern College,
Jacksonville University,
Palm Beach Atlantic University,
Rollins College,
Saint Leo University, and
Stetson University.

According to the HCAP website, "This project presents information about significant buildings, landscapes, campus plans, and heritage sites of American higher education and identifies sources for further research." The site allows searches by state, campus, type or style of building, time period, and other categories. A searchable bibliography is also available. An underlying purpose of the project is to make the information available to university planners.

Other Florida universities that have compiled information about historic architecture on campus and made it available on the Internet are:

University of South Florida,

University of Florida, and

Florida State University.

1 comment:

  1. The west side of the New College campus contains the bayfront home of Charles Ringling.
    The east side dorms were built by I.M. Pei in the 60's.
    The "B" dorms may well have been built by an ancient and as yet unidentified civilization.


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