Campus plan (Frederick Law Olmsted; Olmsted Brothers)
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The essential spaces created by the Olmsted/Cope & Stewardson/ M. Carey Thomas plan survive to the present in the historic core of the campus, and the relationship of the buildings associated with her great construction campaign, which was concentrated between 1894 and 1913, survive in their relationship to each other and to the surrounding streets. A number of historic trees also survive that are likely to date to the early twentieth century.
The Olmsted plan of 1894 is significant as the work of not only the firm itself, but as a collaborative undertaking of major designers. The plan is arguably most significant as the manifestation of the educational ambitions and goals of president M. Carey Thomas to create a women's college that was second in the quality of education to no men's educational institution.
Andropogon Associates, and Emily Cooperman. Bryn Mawr College Campus Heritage Initiative, Funded by the J. Paul Getty Initiative. Report. Philadelphia, PA: Andropogon Associates, Ltd., 2004.