Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Quadrangle, The

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Institution Name: Guilford College
Original/Historic Place Name: The Quadrangle
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1885-1940quadrangle evolved Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Distinct topography:
The main campus landscape has been developed according to natural topography with the construction of culverts and walkways to provide access across some of the lower lying areas.
Small-scale features:
Landscaped in the American pastoral style; features older trees as well as new plantings to maintain the traditional shady campus center; the central walkway is bordered by boxwoods; most major walkways are paved in brick.
Other characteristics:
Materials: various mature hardwoods, ornamental trees and shrubs, flower beds, and brick walkways
ca. 1885-present (2007)outdoor space

Significance: architecture, culture, history, landscape
Landmark designation:
National RegisterGuilford College (1990) and Guilford College Historic District (2001)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Quadrangle is formed by the core campus buildings and has provided the central landscape for the campus during its entire history. The large deciduous trees, most notably the oaks, have provided the campus logo for the past three decades and are one of the campus' most recognizable landscape features.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Appenzeller, Herb. Pride in the Past: Guilford Athletics, 1837-1987. Greensboro, NC: Quaker Club, Guilford College, 1987.

Githens, Alfred Morton. "Recent American Group--Plans Part III.--Colleges and Universities: Development of Existing Plans." The Brickbuilder 21 (December 1912): 313-316.

Godwin, Gayle H. et al. Girls Are of Infinite Importance: Life in Mary Hobbs Hall at Guilford College. Greensboro, NC: Fisher-Harrison, 1977.

Guilford College. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1990.

"Guilford College Proposal for Campus Heritage Initiative, The Getty Foundation." [Guilford, NC: Guilford College], 2003.

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Guilford College Historic District (Boundary Decrease). National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2001.

Stoesen, Alexander R. Guilford College on the Strength of 150 Years. Greensboro, NC: Board of Trustees, Guilford College, 1987.

Thorne, Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert. Guilford: A Quaker College. Greensboro, NC: J. J. Stone and Company, 1937.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Government Offices

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