Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Administration or Main Building

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Institution Name: Mount Aloysius College
Original/Historic Place Name: Mount Aloysius Academy
Location on Campus: 7373 Admiral Peary Hwy.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1892-1897original construction Longfellow, Alden & Harlow
ca. 2004remodeled Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone and mortar
Walls: brick; mortar
Roof: imitation slate
ca. 1897other (Mount Aloysius Academy for young girls)
ca. 2004-present (2007)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2007)administration

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

Fashioned on the design of a French chateau by turn of the century architects, Longfellow, Alden and Harlow, this beautifully impressive brick structure is seated on a hill, emphasizing its bell tower, smaller Norman tower, and arched loggias and doorway--invitations to an interior rich in architectural detail. The first floor boasts an oak stairway and several beautiful and unique fireplaces, some of which were cut from local cherry, maple, and oak.

The Administration/Main Building houses classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, physical plant facilities, admissions and business offices, institutional advancement offices, and the registrar's office. The building is in use but in need of renovation to current standards for finishes, lighting, multimedia technologies, mechanical, and plumbing systems. The recently constructed new entranceway and courtyard, along with installation of new spot lights, have really enhanced the beauty of the Administration/Main Building. The building is structurally sound and in good overall condition.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Derck and Edson Associates. Campus Master Plan. [Lititz, PA: Derck and Edson Associates], September 2000.

Floyd, Margaret Henderson. "Longfellow, Alden, and Harlow in Boston and Pittsburgh." In Architecture After Richardson: Regionalism Before Modernism. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press and Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, 1994.

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

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