Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Greenspace and Lake Elissa

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Institution Name: Ursuline College
Original/Historic Place Name: Greenspace and Lake Elissa
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1966original construction
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: education, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1966-present (2006)outdoor space

The college campus is located in an area of rapidly expanding urban development. Its twenty acres of trees and natural wetlands as well as the more developed portions of the 110.5-acre parcel adjacent to the Ursuline Educational Center owned by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland are a unique environmental asset. Newly completed athletic facilities and playing fields as well as the recently opened Pilla Center changed the locus of campus activity but have essentially left the green space and vistas intact. This re-allocation of space makes the campus environment more accessible to the changing needs of students and encourages greater interaction with the outside community.


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