The college came into being in 1851 and officially assumed the name Coe College in 1881. The plan of the campus and its architecture is a mild variant of Jefferson's design for the University of Virginia. The dominant building is the Sinclaire Memorial Chapel (1950) which, like the nearby Stewart Memorial Library (1931), was referred to at the time as “modified Georgian Colonial.” The designs of these two buildings illustrate the popularity within the Colonial Revival for the red brick, stone-trimmed early nineteenth-century buildings of New England. The interior of the library was remodeled in 1988, and on the second floor is the Grant Wood Gallery. Here one will find six large murals depicting the Iowa farm, plus a number of smaller works.
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