As the centerpiece of his campus plan, Potter envisioned rows of professors’ houses aligned to either side of Packer Hall, stepping down the slope toward the river, a Victorian echo of Thomas Jefferson's “academic village” at the University of Virginia. Few were built, however, and only the President's House survives. Built of fieldstone and capped by a stately mansard, it is a diminutive version of Packer Hall. The north-facing porch and frame wings are later additions.
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