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Traylor Hall

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1921–1922, Day and Klauder
  • (© George E. Thomas)

The era's great planner of campuses Charles Klauder reoriented the campus from the old model of a row of buildings on the crest of a hill to a plan that could encompass a growing institution while simultaneously breaking with Colonial Revival to rebrand the school in stone Academic Gothic. This ultimately made it a school of choice for northern families in the New York orbit. Traylor houses administration and admissions departments in a slightly larger than domestic scale building of local limestone with Indiana limestone trim. The monumental Gothic Revival hall terminated by a fireplace serves as a waiting room for admissions while instilling in the potential student something of the values of the school. Across from the building is a terrace ornamented with a monument to the school's great headmaster William Irvine, sculpted by University of Pennsylvania's R. Tait McKenzie (1934). On its sides are figures of the school's numerous Olympic athletes.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Traylor Hall", [Mercersburg, 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, 386-387.

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