Mary Lyon Hall
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Mary Lyon Hall symbolizes the extraordinary history of Mount Holyoke College and its founder, Mary Lyon. The original 1837 seminary building comprised the entire college and, like the college curriculum, was conceived of and designed by the college's founder. After the great fire of 1896 in which the original Seminary building was burned, funds for its replacement were raised, and an administrative building named Mary Lyon Hall, in honor of the college's founder, was erected on the site of the Seminary in 1897.
Mount Holyoke College is the nation's oldest continuing institution of higher learning for women and was the first of the Seven Sisters the female equivalent of the predominantly male Ivy League. Mary Lyon Hall, therefore, is an exceptionally significant building, as it was designed to replace the original seminary building and sits directly above the cornerstone of the original college building.
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