Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Community Center

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Institution Name: Goddard College
Original/Historic Place Name: Hay and Cow Barn
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1868original construction Kelly, James T.
1938renovation Larson, Jens Frederick
Designer: James T. Kelly; J. Frederick Larson (Hanover, NH)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete (after 1908)
Walls: wood frame
Roof: asphalt shingle
1868-1908other (cow and hay barn)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (computer lab, conference rooms)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 2004-present (2006)admissions office (welcome center)
ca. 2004-present (2006)theater (Haybarn Theater)
ca. 2004-present (2006)dining hall (cafeteria)

This two-and-a-half story gable-roofed section has a pair of cylindrical towers with conical roofs with finials. These former silos are used for offices and at one point housed the Office of the President in the southwest tower. The northern portion of the building is the "Haybarn Theater," a jerkinhead shingled barn with a projecting gable roofed section over the entry. This gable is part of the original Martin barn which shows in an old photo and has date of "1868." It was originally used as a hay and cow barn. Milking Shorthorn cattle numbered 125 head in 1929.

The rebuilding was directed by J. Frederick Larson, college architect of Hanover New Hampshire, in 1938. The firm of Freeman, French, and Freeman of Burlington Vermont carried out the plan. The Community Center and Haybarn Theater are the heart and soul of the College community and a central meeting place for all large gatherings on campus. In addition to the newly added Welcome Center and computer lab, the Haybarn Theater is used by local community groups for a variety of theater and music events year round.


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