Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Maiden, Wheeling, College, and Beau St. entrances

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Institution Name: Washington and Jefferson College
Original/Historic Place Name: Alego Gateway, Gateway, Founders' Gate and North Gate, respectively
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1948original construction; Beau St.
1948groundbreaking; College St.; June 28
1949dedication of College St. ; October 29
1998refurbishment; College St. for 150th Anniversary Ekklesia
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Other characteristics:
Materials: brick, cast iron
ca. n.d.-present (2007)other (all gates: gate for entranceway)
ca. n.d.-present (2007)memorial site (College St., donated by Phi Gamma Delta fraternity in honor of its six founders)
ca. n.d.-present (2007)memorial site (Wheeling St., for John Scott Robb, class of 1864, and Mark Andrew Robb, class of 1897)
ca. n.d.-present (2007)memorial site (Maiden St., for the late Albert M. Algeo of Washington, PA)

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

At the College Street entrance to the campus visitors will find a brick gateway and a path leading to the main academic building. This gateway was donated by the fraternity Phi Gamma Delta in honor of its six founders. Ground was broken at the 100th Anniversary Ekklesia on June 28, 1948. It was dedicated October 29, 1949 after the homecoming convocation. At that time, five brothers served on the college board of trustees. The fraternity refurbished the gate in time for the 150th Anniversary Ekklesia in 1998.

The Maiden Street entrance offers a quick history lesson on the roots of Washington and Jefferson College. One side of the Maiden Street gate explains the origins of Jefferson College in John McMillan's Log College. The other side describes Thaddeous Dodd's Washington Academy and the subsequent Washington College.

I. Bibliographic sources:

"The Archives: The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta." Online (2006). Washington College, Washington, PA.

Coleman, Helen Turnbull Waite. Banners in the Wilderness. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1956.

Dober, Lidsky, Craig, and Associates. Washington & Jefferson College: Campus plan 2001. [Belmont, MA: Dober, Lidsky, Craig, and Associates], 2001.

Donnelly, J. B. Venerable W & J at 200. Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College, 1980.

LaQuarta, Jack. Washington & Jefferson College Landscape Master Plan. Pittsburgh, PA: [s.n.], 1983.

W & J: The Magazine for Alumni and Friends of Washington & Jefferson College. Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College.

W & J Walker Volunteer Manual. Handbook. [Washington, PA: Washington & Jefferson College, n.d.].

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

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