Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Barn, The

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Institution Name: Pine Manor College
Original/Historic Place Name: The Barn
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1891original construction Jacques, Herbert Tantoul, Augustus
1966renovations Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: shingle; brick
Roof: shingle
ca. 1891other (barn)
ca. 2004-present (2007)facility management building (grounds, housekeeping, and maintenance departments)

Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterOld Barn (1980)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

As originally built, the Barn was a large, rectangular block. Arches, towers, porticoes, and cupolas assembled with the main block suggested the profitable agrarianism of the estate. During the first half of the 20th century, additions were added until the complex enclosed a central court with the Barn. At one time there was a fabulous mechanical clock in the main cupola, but that is gone. The weather vane, a magnificent golden cow, still functions.

In 1966 renovations to the Barn were completed in order to convert it for physical education and temporary classrooms. Today it is used by the College's grounds, housekeeping, and maintenance departments.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Henry, Rodman R. A Chronological Study and Assessment of the Pine Manor Land and Buildings. [Chestnut Hill, MA: Pine Manor College], 1971.

Henry, Rodman R. A Journey in Time: An Architectural History of the Pine Manor Campus. Revised Second Edition. [Chestnut Hill, MA: Pine Manor College], 1986.

"Roughwood: An Estate Marks Its Centennial." Pine Manor College Bulletin (Winter 1991).

II. Location of other data:
University: Library
Government Offices

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