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Haverford College

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1832, with many additions, Samuel Sloan, Addison Hutton, Cope and Stewardson, Mellor, Meigs and Howe, and other architects; William Carville, landscape architect. College Ln. and Lancaster Ave.

Haverford College began as a preparatory school founded by the Orthodox members of the Society of Friends who purchased a farm to expose their children to the agricultural life of their ancestors. Like Swarthmore ( DE28), much of the character of the campus is in the splendid grounds, with its skating pond on the Montgomery County border juxtaposed against tree-lined College Lane with its splendid row of faculty houses that stands in review at the entrance (before 1900, Cope and Stewardson, Walter Price, and others). The grounds were laid out by English gardener William Carville, whose greater regional importance may have been the introduction of cricket to the college and thus to the Main Line. The cricket pitch in front with Walter Price's shingle cricket pavilion of 1904 reveals the regional affection for things English.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Haverford College", [Haverford, 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, 232-232.

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