Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Pushman Cottage

Click on image titles for larger views.
Institution Name: Albright College
Original/Historic Place Name: Farmhouse
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
ca. 1773original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: masonry
Walls: stone; stucco (facing)
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1773-1875other (farmhouse)
1875-1895other (caretaker's cottage)
1924-1929residence hall (Schuylkill College's Sherman Cottage, men's dormitory)
1929-1960sother (home management house for home economics department)
1929-1960sresidence hall (women's)
1970s-1994administration (development, public information)
1975-present (2007)alumni center

Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Pushman Cottage, originally was a farmhouse, was constructed in 1773 as a stucco-over-stone building in a vernacular style. It was later used as a caretaker's cottage for the Episcopal Diocesan School for Boys (1875-1895). When Schuylkill College in 1924 purchased the six-acre tract of land on which the ten-room building stood, it was then put to use as a men's residence hall under the name, Sherman Cottage. This new name was given to the building because Samuel Sherman, a Reading building contractor, had renovated it for its new purpose as a dormitory.

After Albright College and Schuylkill College merged in 1929, the structure was used as a residence hall for women. The Home Economics department used it as a "home management laboratory" from the 1920s to 1960s. In 1994, Sherman Cottage was renamed Pushman Cottage in honor of collegiate star athlete, V. Lester Pushman '47 and his wife, Maryann Pushman.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Barth, Eugene H. Discovery and Promise: A History of Albright College, 1856-1981. Reading, PA: Albright College, 1989.

Gingrich, R. Wilbur, and Barth, Eugene H. A History of Albright College. Reading, PA: Albright College, 1956.

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

Contact us / About Site / About CIC
© 2006
Council of Independent Colleges
One Dupont Circle, Ste. 320
Washington, DC
All rights reserved
Last update: November 2006