Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Howe-Childs Gate House

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Institution Name: Chatham College
Original/Historic Place Name: private home
Location on Campus: Woodland Rd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1860original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: wood frame
Roof: shingle
ca. 1860-1950private residence (estate of Thomas M. Howe)
ca. 1950-1980residence hall
ca. 2003-present (2006)other (visitor center and guest house)

Greystone, the estate of Pittsburgh industrialist and political leader Thomas M Howe (1808-1877). Acquired by the college in 1950, it served as a dormitory until it was sold in the early 1980s. Reacquired by Chatham in 2000, restoration of the house for use as a visitor center for the college and guest house accommodations is now nearing completion. Howe-Childs Gate House is also home to the college arboretum.


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