On April 5, 2014, Connecticut College celebrated its 103rd birthday and the Inauguration of Katherine Bergeron as the College's 11th President. Here's a crash course in the history of some of the College's most interesting, iconic buildings.
Much of the information in this article is drawn from The Architecture of Connecticut College, a senior thesis by Blake McDonald '10. At Commencement 2010, Blake was awarded The Oakes and Louise Ames Prize for that year's most outstanding honors study.
So if you're curious about a building we didn't cover in this article, you can learn about every building (and we mean every building!) in Blake's thesis.
As part of the Inauguration festivities, the Linda Lear Center for Special Collections and Archives produced an exhibit, "Strong Foundations: Celebrating a Century of Connecticut College," highlighting the accomplishments of Connecticut College presidents. The exhibit included some of the unusual and artful greetings sent by other colleges and universities on the occasion of Katherine Bergeron's Inauguration. Located in Shain Library and online, the exhibit was open between March 28th and June 2, 2014.