Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Saint George Hall

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Institution Name: Saint Joseph's College of Maine
Original/Historic Place Name: Ledgewold Hall
Location on Campus: 278 Whites Bridge Rd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1932original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: field stone walls
Walls: wood frame; field stone (facing for most exterior walls); half-timber (frame of gables); hard coat stucco panels (facing)
Roof: asphalt shingle; copper (flashing)
1932-1956private residence
1956-1995private residence (for Sisters of Mercy on faculty/staff)
ca. 2004-present (2007)admissions office (and financial aid)

Significance: education
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

St. George Hall was originally a single family home but has undergone a number of interior renovations to accommodate the Sister residents and the needs of the two departments it presently serves. On the exterior, a fire escape has been attached and some of the original windows have been replaced with heat-efficient ones, given the cold winters in Maine.

The Sisters of Mercy sponsor Saint Joseph's College and have held major positions within the College since its beginning in 1912. When the College moved from Portland, Maine to its present location in Standish, Coolock House, later named St. George Hall, served as their residence until it was recently identified as the ideal place for functions attendant to Enrollment Management.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Higgins, Mary Raymond. For Love of Mercy: Missioned in Maine and Andros Island, Bahamas. Portland, ME: Sisters of Mercy, 1995.

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

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