Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Judd Gymnasia

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Institution Name: Springfield College
Original/Historic Place Name: West Gymnasium
Location on Campus: 263 Alden St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1894original construction Tilton, Edward L.
Designer: Edward Tilton
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick, masonry
Walls: plaster on brick
Roof: mostly slate
ca. 1894memorial site (home to the first basketball game in history)
ca. 1894-present (2006)gymnasium (two general-purpose gymnasia with aerobics classrooms, various team locker rooms, and an indoor rock-climbing wall)
ca. 1894-present (2006)faculty offices

In 1909, pivotal to the school's early academic plans was the addition of a gymnasium named in honor of Coach Leslie Judd who was a pioneer in the sport of gymnastics. Inscribed in the turret of the building are the words: "YMCA Training School." The complex consists of two gymnasia. Originally it housed McCurdy Natatorium which was used as a testing and research facility for swimmers. The building was designed by famous New York architect Edward L. Tilton who also built the college's original library. Judd was home to many of the fathers of physical education and basketball hall of fame inductees. It also was host to many of the early basketball games in the United States.


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