Wellesley College- Green Hall // 1931

Ca. 1934 image of Green Hall from the east. Courtesy of Wellesley Digital Collections

The tallest landmark on the Wellesley College campus is Hetty H. R. Green Hall. The building is an excellent example of Gothic Revival architecture, specifically “Collegiate” Gothic which was popular in educational campuses in the early 20th century.

Plans for the Administration Building were developed in 1918, but it was another decade before the Board of Trustees considered the construction of the building. The building was designed by Frank Day and Charles Klauder.

Green Hall was financed with donations made by Hetty Sylvia Ann Howland Green Wilks (what a name) of New York and Edward Howland Robinson Green of Texas in memory of their mother Hetty Howland Robinson Green. The agreement was that each would contribute $50,000 per year for five years if the College would construct a building to be known as Hetty H.R. Green Hall. This agreement was made in 1923, thus the funds were not available until 1928 and the College was responsible for raising the additional funds to complete the construction .

The building has design features which are synonymous with Gothic Revival architecture. The lancet doors and windows, decorative buttresses, and reliefs in the stone around the entrances. The structure frames the eastern boundary of the Academic Quad, with the Modern, and just as iconic, Jewett Auditorium to its west.

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