Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Campus Green and surrounding buildings

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Institution Name: Lawrence University
Original/Historic Place Name: Main Hall Green
Location on Campus: 500 Block College Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1847original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Large-scale features:
Primary organizing and symbolic space of the campus and with Main Hall one of University’s most memorable icons; shows a diversity of architectural styles and character at its edges, but also clarity in the way space is defined by surrounding architecture.
Other characteristics:
1847-present (2007)outdoor space
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (ice skating rink)

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

The Campus Green was built around Main Hall and is surrounded by a necklace of eclectic buildings. It is the primary organizing and symbolic space of the campus and, in combination with Main Hall, the university's most memorable icon. The area joins these buildings with many paths and walkways. It houses a variety of trees with vast green spaces, one of which is used for graduation ceremonies. The composition of the green will continue to be respected with any additions measured in the way they reinforce or enhance that position. In the past, the green has been the site of political rallies, a parade ground and an area for study and contemplation. It is used now as the site of the spring Celebrate festival and the fall Octoberfest celebration, for graduation exercises, an ice skating rink in winter and again for political rallies, relaxation, and contemplation.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Breunig, Charles. "A Great and Good Work": A History of Lawrence University, 1847-1964. Appleton, WI: Lawrence University Press, 1994.

Sasaki Associates Inc. Lawrence University--Update of Strategic Options. [Watertown, MA: Sasaki Associates, Inc.], 2000.

Schumann, Marguerite E. Creation of a Campus: A Chronicle of Lawrence College Buildings and the Men Who Made Them. Appleton, WI: Lawrence University Press, 1957.

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

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