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Because Bexley Hall housed an Episcopal seminary on the College's campus for well over a hundred years, it has a special place in Kenyon's history. One of the earliest seminaries in the Midwest, it was the scene of many doctrinal disagreements during the mid to late-nineteenth century, most of which pitted evangelicals against tractarians. Some of these disagreements spilled over into the College, which as a result suffered a loss of students, faculty members, and a president in the years immediately following the Civil War.
Although some undergraduates took courses in the seminary, most never set foot in the building until it was turned over to the College in 1968, when Bexley Hall seminary became a part of the Colgate-Rochester group of divinity schools. Nevertheless, it is an important landmark for all alumni, serving as it does as the northern terminus of Middle Path, the nearly one-mile-long gravel walk that runs in a straight line through the middle of the campus to the front door of Old Kenyon on the south end.
While the exterior of Bexley Hall is in good condition, the interior - which has for three decades been used by the art department - is sorely in need of renovation. Kenyon recognizes the value of the building as one of the few remaining examples of architect Henry Roberts's work, and perhaps the only one in the United States.
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