Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Paradise Pond

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Institution Name: Smith College
Original/Historic Place Name: Mill River Pond
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
ca. 1871first use of pond
1896original construction; boathouse
1911original construction; second boathouse
1919original construction; crewhouse
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: culture, history, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1871-present (2006)outdoor space

Paradise Pond, like much of the Smith campus, is a space that draws students, members of the Smith community, and town residents alike. In the early days of the College, the Mill River bounded the school grounds; but today it divides the campus from the athletic fields and the old Northampton State Hospital. Paths running along Paradise Pond connect the campus with parts of Northampton.


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

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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