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Montgomery Hall (Robert Emory House)

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Robert Emory House
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • New Tome Building (Photograph by Mark Mones)

This splendid Greek Revival house was constructed for Professor Robert Emory, whose father was president of Dickinson's Board of Trustees and namesake for Georgia's Emory University. Its massive Ionic portico and plank siding with carved wooden quoins attest to the ambition of its designer. Along with the handsome brick Robert Davidson house (Mansion House, c. 1830) at 145 W. High Street, it attests to the Greek movement that spread across the state and largely ended with the Civil War. Across Louther Street is Dickinson's first truly modern building, New Tome Building (1997–1999) designed by Ellenzweig Associates of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the traditional college limestone, but with fenestration patterns and roof exhausts that denote its laboratory and classroom purpose, while the projecting metal-clad entrance houses a planetarium. James Hall, next door by West Coast architects Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, is the college's first green science building; it opened in 2008.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Montgomery Hall (Robert Emory House)", [Carlisle, 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, 367-367.

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