Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Campus plan (Calvert Vaux)

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Institution Name: Bryn Mawr College
Original/Historic Place Name:
Location on Campus: bounded by Merion Ave., Gulph Rd., Roberts Rd. and Yarrow Rd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1882-1884original construction Calvert Vaux & Co. Vaux, Calvert
Designer: Calvert Vaux of Calvert Vaux & Co.
Type of Place: Campus arrangement
Style: (Glossary)
Narrative: see below
References: see below
1882-1884master plan (campus)
1882-1884master plan (landscape, including lawns, althletic fields, and planted perimeter)

Most of the features of the Vaux landscape design have been changed or removed due to later developments, particularly those of the Olmsted plant which supplanted it. The entry at the corner of Yarrow and N. Merion Avenues remains a key entrance to the historic core of the campus.

The Vaux landscape is significant as the work of a major American designer whose work has been relatively under-rated in contrast to his more famous former partner, F. L. Olmsted.


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