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George Philips Memorial Building

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1925, Walter F. Price; 1938, Zantzinger and Borie

The gem of the campus is Walter Price's reprise of his scheme for a Gothic Revival auditorium and student union at Mt. Holyoke College of 1913. Instead of the brownstone of Mt. Holyoke, Price used the local Foxcroft stone selected for its green highlights to link it to the older buildings, and trimmed it with limestone. The towered entrance echoes the angled facade of Cope and Stewardson's Rockefeller Hall ( MO9.5) at Bryn Mawr and has become the iconic image of West Chester University. Zantzinger and Borie added a stage house to the auditorium in 1938, and Voith and McTavish updated the hall in 2000. Zantzinger and Borie were also called on to design Anderson Hall, the Gothic-inspired classroom building of 1938 that completes the campus quadrangle.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "George Philips Memorial Building", [West Chester, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 247-248.

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