Villanova was established here in 1843 but its growth came after the Civil War. Edwin Forrest Durang was the principal architect for the college from the 1880s through to its Engineering Building of 1908, at which time allegiance shifted to lesser architects, among them Paul Monaghan in the 1920s and 1930s and Henry D. Dagit and Sons, who designed most of the post–World War II buildings into the 1960s.
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