Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


John Leighton Stewart and Stephen Collins Foster Carillon (at McIlvaine Hall)

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Institution Name: Washington and Jefferson College
Original/Historic Place Name: Stephen Collins Foster Carillon
Location on Campus: McIlvaine Hall
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s): information unknown Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: sandstone
Walls: brick
Roof: copper
ca. 2004-present (2007)bell tower

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

The Stewart Tower at McIlvaine Hall was erected in memory of John L. Stewart, class of 1899. The tower contains the four-faced clock given in memory of David F. McGill, DD, LL.D., class of 1881, and the 26-note Stephen Collins Foster Carillon, a gift of the Women's Auxiliary of Allegheny County. Stephen Collins Foster was an American composer (1826-1864) whose songs include "Oh! Susanna!" and "My Old Kentucky Home." He is recognized as the first professional songwriter in the United States, whose songs are among the most popular ever written.

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.

"Stephen Foster." Online (2006). Microsoft Encarta Online Encyclopedia.

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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