Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Memorial Arch

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Institution Name: Marywood University
Original/Historic Place Name: The Arch
Location on Campus: 2300 Adams Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1902original construction
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: culture, history, landscape, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
1902-present (2006)other (main entrance gate to campus)

Marywood University (then College) opened on September 8, 1915. The Sister, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary came to the site more than a decade before, and the Arch along with the Sisters' Motherhouse, was dedicated in 1902. The IHM Motherhouse just behind the Arch burned to the ground in 1971, but the Arch survived and still stands as the main entrance to the campus. The statue of the Mother of God atop the Arch is symbolic of the naming of the campus. Originally, it was Mt. St. Mary's, but it was later changed to Marywood.


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