Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Hatfield Hall

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Institution Name: Smith College
Original/Historic Place Name: Hatfield Hall
Location on Campus: 3 Neilson Dr.
Date(s) of Construction:
1877original construction Peabody & Stearns
1926relocation
Designer: Peabody & Stearns
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Victorian, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
 
Function:
ca. 1877-1926residence hall
ca. 1926-present (2006)other (office space)
ca. 1926-present (2006)classrooms
 

Narrative:
As the first student residence built by the College, Hatfield Hall signifies the College's success. With ever increasing enrollments, Smith was required to build a significant number of student residences early in its history--8 within a period of 25 years.

As more and more women attended the College, the need for additional on-campus student residences became a priority of various administrations. Hatfield Hall is another example of how the College decided to retain structures by moving them around campus rather than razing them for new construction. Hatfield, Dewey, and Wesley houses share this distinction.
 

References:

The Historical Handbook of Smith College. Northampton, MA: Smith College, 1932.

Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges from their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1984.

Lincoln, Eleanor Terry, and John Abel Pinto. This, the House We Live In: Smith College Campus from 1872-1982. Northampton, MA: Trustees of Smith College, 1983.

 

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