Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Woodside Cottage

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Institution Name: Haverford College
Original/Historic Place Name: Reece Thomas Farmhouse
Location on Campus: 2 Walton Rd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1811original construction Unknown
1880library addition Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: rubble stone
Walls: stucco; clapboard
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1811private residence (original farmhouse of the property)
1880-present (2007)library
ca. 1889residence hall
ca. 2004-present (2007)academic department building (English)

Significance: architecture, culture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Woodside Cottage is the only surviving building on campus that predates the College. It was built in the early decades of the 19th century as the farmer's house for the property. After the construction of 6 College Circle as a farmhouse, then-Professor Thomas Chase rented the cottage.

A library addition was added in the 1880s. In 1889 it was converted to use as a student dormitory. It currently houses the English department.

Woodside Cottage is symbolic of the College's early efforts to connect agriculture to the academic world, stressing the equal importance of both.

I. Bibliographic sources:

George E. Thomas Associates, Inc. Haverford College Historic Resources Campus Survey. Philadelphia: George E. Thomas Associates, 1999.
Kammerstein, Gregory, ed. The Spirit and the Intellect: Haverford College, 1833-1983. [Haverford, PA: Haverford College, 1983].

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

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