Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Quinby House

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Institution Name: Bowdoin College
Original/Historic Place Name: Psi Upsilon House
Location on Campus: 250 Maine St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1900-1903original construction Stevens, John Calvis
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: wood shakes
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1903Greek letter society (fraternity house)
ca. 2004-present (2007)residence hall (student residence)

Significance: architecture
Landmark designation:
National RegisterFederal Street Historic District (1976)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Quinby House was designed by noted architect John Calvin Stevens in the 1900s. Anderson calls the style presciently modern, although it was built in 1900-1903. John Calvin Stevens' career began in Portland, Maine, in the office of Francis Fassett, Architect of Adams Hall at Bowdoin.

Formerly the Psi Upsilon House, Quinby is now a student residence house and is one of the only remaining shingle-style houses in the area. This renovation received two awards from Architectural Portfolio 2001: one for the interior and one for the exterior for Education Design Excellence in an American School & University.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Anderson, Patricia McGraw. The Architecture of Bowdoin College. Brunswick, ME: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1988.

Myers, Denys Peter. The Maine Catalog. Augusta, ME: Maine State Museum Publishers, 1975.

Shettleworth, Earle G., Jr., and Frank A. Beard. Federal Street Historic District [including Bowdoin College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1976.

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

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