North and South College
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North and South Colleges were two of the original buildings on the new campus of Union College. Construction of the buildings began in 1812 and was completed by 1814. At the time of their completion, they were the only two buildings on the campus and served as dormitories for students and faculty, classrooms, and administrative offices. The buildings have remained continually occupied since 1814, with the exception of periodic renovations. The Colleges are currently being renovated to accommodate a new housing system designed to promote community, living/learning opportunities, and faculty interaction in residential life.
Although not conceived by Ramée, North and South Colleges were incorporated into his master plan for the campus. The two colleges are the oldest extant edifices on campus, and South College is purported to be the oldest continually occupied dormitory in New York State. Most of Union College's oldest alumni have lived in either of the two buildings, including Chester Arthur and William Seward.
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