Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Mirror Lake

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Institution Name: University of Saint Francis
Original/Historic Place Name: Mirror Lake
Location on Campus: 2701 Spring St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1892original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Constructed water features:
Small creek was dammed to create Mirror Lake in 1892.
Other characteristics:
20-acre + lake is the picturesque setting for the university's 22 buildings.
Materials: sandstone walls
1892-present (2007)other (lake)

Significance: history, landscape
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Bass Mansion, the icon of the University of Saint Francis, overlooks Mirror Lake at the center of campus. Mirror Lake was created in 1892 when a small creek was dammed and the area to the north, east, and south sides of the Bass Mansion was dug out, enhancing the setting for the building by encircling it with water. This 20-plus acre lake is the picturesque setting for the university's twenty-two buildings. It sits in the middle of a 70-acre park with more than 100 species of trees and bushes.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Morrison, Kattman, and Menze, Inc. Brookside II, The Bass Mansion. [Fort Wayne, IN: Morrison, Kattman, and Menze, Inc., n.d.].

The Story of the Bass Mansion. [s.l.: s.n.:] 1985.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Unknown
—details: Archives, University of Saint Francis.

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