Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Music Building

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Institution Name: Goddard College
Original/Historic Place Name: Bull Barn
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1869original construction Kelly, James T.
1938renovation Larson, Jens Frederick
Designer: James T. Kelly; J. Frederick Larson (Hanover, NH)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: wood frame
Roof: asphalt
ca. 1868other (bull barn)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (used during residency program as a recreation facility)

This small brick greenhouse and headhouse were designed as companion structures for the garden house. The Greenhouse's Flemish bond brick pattern and heavy slate roof repeat those of the garden house. A brick chimney stack resembles a clustered stack and has a corbelled top. In the recent past the greenhouse has been used as a college science building.

Music Building
The Music Building is a gable-roofed, two-and-a-half story building with hip end. It retains the circular louvered window that is an architectural feature of some of the farm buildings.

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 Music Building was originally on the site in-between the Kilpatrick and Studies buildings and was moved sometime after 1908. Formerly used by the music studies program, it is now used during the low-residency programs as a recreation facility.


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