Digital Commonwealth

Administration Building from Massasoit Lake, c. 1896

Item Information

Administration Building from Massasoit Lake, c. 1896
A photograph of the rear of the Administration Building, under construction, taken from Massasoit Lake. The image shows a group of men gathered along the sandy path leading from the building to the lake. There are also several people sitting and standing in the top floor windows as well standing on top of the roof. All the people in the image are facing the direction the picture was taken from.
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
Collection (local):
College Archives Digital Collections
Administration Building Records
Administration Building
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
Springfield College
Springfield College--Buildings
Lake Massasoit
Springfield (Mass.)
Dining rooms
Lakes & ponds
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
Link to Item:
Terms of Use:
Text and images are owned, held, or licensed by Springfield College and are available for personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership is properly cited. A credit line is required and should read: Courtesy of Springfield College, Babson Library, Archives and Special Collections. Any commercial use without written permission from Springfield College is strictly prohibited. Other individuals or entities other than, and in addition to, Springfield College may also own copyrights and other propriety rights. The publishing, exhibiting, or broadcasting party assumes all responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for any infringement of United States copyright law.
Contact host institution for more information.
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
The Administration Building was originally constructed as the college’s first dormitory and also housed classrooms, the dining hall and the school’s first dining facility. Construction began on the dormitory the last week in April of 1895 and the corner stone of the building was laid on Friday, May 10th, 1895 with President Charles H. Barrows officiating. The dedication took place on June 17th, 1896, at which, President Barrows introduced the college’s forth President, Laurence L. Doggett. Consummating the transfer to the new campus, the completion of the new dormitory (Administration Building) in January 1896 was a milestone in Springfield College history. With the erection of the first building, the East gymnasium (1894), and the new dormitory (Administration), Springfield College began to lay permanent roots on the land along Lake Massasoit. In 1943, the dormitory did not meet the city’s fire safety codes. In order to meet these codes and house the administration offices of the Naval Convalescent Hospital the following year, the dormitory was reduced from four floors to two floors, with a flat roof on the second story. The renovations and remodeling that took place from 1943-1944, leaving the building as it appears today.