Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Garden House

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Institution Name: Goddard College
Original/Historic Place Name: Garden House
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1925original construction Kelly, James T.
Designer: James T. Kelly
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: wood frame with brick siding
Roof: slate shingle
1925-present (2006)other (garden house, with summertime activities and garden parties)

The garden house was built using the timbers from the Ipswich, MA Courthouse acquired by Mr. Martin when it was torn down. The origin of the building is of interest because the Ipswich Courthouse was the location of the Salem Witch Trials, where Mr. Martin's relative, Susannah Martin, had been imprisoned, tried, and sentenced to death as a witch. The timbers are exposed in the interior and supported by four corbels carved by the Bromsgrove Guild in Montreal in the form of animal heads (boar, cow, ram, and goat). A large fireplace on the northern wall has a Tudor arched limestone mantel with quatrefoils in the spandrels. The garden house is in the early stages of a restoration process.

As the center piece of the formal gardens, this unique building serves as a charming example of the unique architectural style of the Greatwood Campus. It is currently used for special events held in the gardens, such as weddings, annual garden tours to benefit local charities, and memorial services for alumni and friends of Goddard College.


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