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  February 18, 2002

19th Century UConn

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CAC Campus 1900

A view of the campus of Connecticut Agricultural College looking west from Horsebarn Hill. At left is Grove Cottage, built in 1895 as the first residence hall for women; behind Grove and to the right is the Peebles Cottage, the first house in what would become known as Faculty Row. Next is Gold Hall, a men's dormitory, and Old Main, both built in 1890. In the foreground is Old Whitney, the first college building, which originally, the Agricultural Experiment Station, and several barns make up the rest of the campus. At right is the old Storrs Congregational Church. It would be replaced by the present brick churck building in the late 1920s. [Photo From University Archives]

Detail of Old Main and Old Whitney

[ ABOVE ] This close up shows the first two central buildings to the campus: Old Whitney, in the foreground, was built in 1866 as a home for Connecticut Civil War orphans; and Old Main, built in 1890. Whitney had 50 rooms that served as classrooms and offices, as well as residences for students and faculty. Old Main replaced it as the central administrative and classroom building, but didn't outlast it. Old Main was torn down in 1929 (replaced by Beach Hall); Old Whitney was razed in 1932. Seen to the left of Old Main is Gold Hall - a men's dormitory built in 1890. It was destroyed by fire in 1914.

Campus Buildings in 1900

[ ABOVE ] In this detail from the panoramic view are the chemistry laboratory, experiment station, and the Storrs church. The lab burned down in 1914, and the church was replaced in 1927. The experiment station, built in 1890, was later moved to a site along North Eagleville Road, and was torn down in the 1960s to make way for the Torrey Life Sciences Building.

By Mark J. Roy

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