Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Front Lawn

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Institution Name: Reed College
Original/Historic Place Name: Front Lawn
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1912original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Views and vistas:
Large-scale features:
Large lawn dotted with beautiful trees, graced by several sculptures.
Other characteristics:
ca. 1912-present (2007)outdoor space (site of student recreational events, commencment and major academic events, sometimes classes)

Significance: architecture, culture, education, landscape
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Reed College was founded in 1912 and based its development and growth on a historic master plan designed by A.E. Doyle, a significant American Architect. This master plan located two buildings, Eliot Hall and The Dormitory Building. A "great lawn" area in front of the buildings now compliments their location. This open space has become a significant architectural feature that defines the campus and is used for many recreational, social, and formal events, including commencement.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Ritz, Richard E. A History of the Reed College Campus and Its Buildings. Portland, OR: Trustees of the Reed Institute, 1990.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections

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