Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Mark Twain Study

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Institution Name: Elmira College
Original/Historic Place Name: Mark Twain Study
Location on Campus: Park Pl.
Date(s) of Construction:
1952relocation to campus
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: fieldstone
Walls: wood
ca. 1874-1910other (place where Mark Twain wrote The Adventurs of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and many other masterpieces)
ca. 1952-presentother (part of Elmira College's Center for Mark Twain Studies)

This is the building where American author Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) wrote the vast majority of his most prominent works. Twain, who was married to Elmira College graduate Olivia Langdon (class of 1864), was given the study by his relative Mrs. Susan Crane. It was originally located at Quarry Farm, Twain's summer residence in Elmira but was moved to the college in 1952. The study was custom built to resemble the Mississippi riverboat captain pilothouses of Twain's youth.

The study is a significant building in the history of American literature, popular culture, and education, and its significance to the college is unquantifiable. The Center for Mark Twain Studies grants tours and helps facilitate Twain research.


Barber, William Charles. Elmira College: The First Hundred Years. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955.

Johnstone, Janette. Elmira College Old Campus. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1984.

Mark Twain Archives. Gannett-Tripp Library, Elmira College, Elmira, NY.


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