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Administration Building in Winter, 1947

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Administration Building in Winter, 1947
A photograph of the Administration Building of Springfield College taken from the north. The winter scene shows several cars covered in snow as well as a few people walking around campus. Alumni Hall can also be seen in the background of the photograph.
Batchelor, David A.
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
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College Archives Digital Collections
Administration Building Records
Administration Building
Alumni Hall
International Young Men's Christian Association Training School (Springfield, Mass.)
Springfield College
Springfield College--Buildings
Springfield (Mass.)
Dining rooms
MassachusettsHampden (county)Springfield
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Springfield College
The Administration Building was originally constructed as the college’s first dormitory and also housed classrooms, offices, 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 fourth President, Laurence L. Doggett. Consummating the transfer to the new campus, the completion of the new dormitory 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, Springfield College began to lay permanent roots on the land along Lake Massasoit. During World War II, when the campus became a center of Army Training and the Naval Convalescent Hospital, the old dormitory was deemed a fire hazard and its top floors were removed. The resulting two-story building eventually became the Administration Building.