Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Founders Green

Click on image titles for larger views.
Institution Name: Haverford College
Original/Historic Place Name: Founders Green
Location on Campus: in front of Founders Hall
Date(s) of Construction:
1835original construction William Carvill
Designer: William Carvill
Type of Place: Landscape site
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history, landscape, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
1835-present (2006)outdoor space (serves as recreational area, class meeting place and a peaceful spot to hold vigils or demonstrations)

William Carvill was hired by the Board to develop the landscape design of the campus. He added trees to accent and frame the open spaces, planting clusters in odd numbers on the slope beyond Barclay and bordering the College lanes with a diverse collection, reflecting the informal English landscape tradition of Sir Humphrey Repton.

The Green is the heart of the physical campus. Exposed to elements of weather, it is still an intimate space, used by the community for classes, parties, luncheons, play, and study.

The buildings that surround the Green contribute to the character of the space and in turn gain meaning from the space. The paths which cross the Green lead to all parts of the campus, inviting students and community alike to experience Haverford.


George E. Thomas Associates, Inc. Haverford College Historic Resources Campus Survey. Philadelphia: George E. Thomas Associates, 1999.

Kammerstein, Gregory, ed. The Spirit and the Intellect: Haverford College, 1833-1983. [Haverford, PA: Haverford College, 1983].


Contact us / About Site / About CIC
© 2006
Council of Independent Colleges
Washington, DC
All rights reserved
Last update: November 2006