Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Bard Hall

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Institution Name: Bard College
Original/Historic Place Name: Bard Hall
Location on Campus: E or W of Cnty.103
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1860original construction Unknown
1986restoration Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: wood
Roof: wood
ca. 1852chapel
ca. 2004-present (2007)auditorium (used as a music hall and for general purposes)

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

Bard Hall is the College's original academic building, erected in 1852. It is used by the Music Program and other programs for lectures, recitals, rehearsals, and classes. It was completely restored in 1986 with generous assistance from the late John H. Steinway '39, who had been a trustee of the College.


I. Bibliographic sources:

Hudson River Historic District [including Bard College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1990.

Kline, Reamer. Education for the Common Good: A History of Bard College--the First 100 Years (1860--1960). Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Bard College, 1982.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Other: Hudson River Heritage office, Rhinebeck, NY

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