Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


McKendree Front Lawn

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Institution Name: McKendree College
Original/Historic Place Name: McKendree Historic Arboretum
Location on Campus: Front Lawn of College Hill, south view
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
n.d.natural landscape Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Small-scale features:
Park benches, sidewalks.
Large-scale features:
Wooded tract of land; many trees over 100 years old and planted in honor of McKendree students and alumni from the Civil War; other trees are from the seedlings of other historic trees.
Other characteristics:
ca. 2004-present (2007)outdoor space

Significance: education, history, landscape
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The McKendree College Front Lawn is a wooded fifteen acres on the south side of the campus. It is the first part of the college campus that visitors see. The Front Lawn contains trees that pre-date the Civil War alongside relatively new seedlings. The college maintains the grounds with the recognition that the trees are not only historic but need rejuvenation as older trees die of disease or weather related accidents. Some of the varieties include oak, sycamore, elm, apple, cottonwood, ginkgo, willow, maple, magnolia and pecan.

Images of the Front Lawn appear on some of the oldest known drawings and photographs of the college. The Front Lawn is a popular gathering place for students and local community neighbors. The May commencment is held on the Front Lawn and is a revered place for many students and alumni.

I. Bibliographic sources:

McKendree College History, 1928-1978. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing, 1996.

Selected items in College collections (including yearbooks, newspapers, catalogs, clippings). Archives. McKendree College, Lebanon, IL.

Steen, Robert, McKendree College. Lebanon, IL: McKendree College, 1948.

Walton, William A. Centennial McKendree College History with St. Clair County. Lebanon, IL: McKendree College, 1928.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections

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