I know very little about architecture, but I do like to look at old academic buildings on old campuses. That is why I am looking forward to reading and viewing Bryant Tolles Jr. new book Architecture & Academe: College Buildings in New England Before 1860. (If University Press of New England will send me a review copy we will review it here at The Way of Improvement Leads Home!).
Here is a summary of the book from a recent article in Inside Higher Ed:
Bryant F. Tolles Jr. examines the buildings and planning concepts of some of the country’s first colleges and universities, starting with Harvard and Yale Universities (sorry, William & Mary — Tolles focuses exclusively on the Northeast) and moving through Brown University; Dartmouth, Williams, and Bowdoin Colleges; the University of Vermont; and more. Tolles, professor emeritus of history and art history at the University of Delaware, traces the origins and influences of each campus’s individual style, as well as the impact it may have had on others: Harvard’s quadrangle plan, for example, was modeled on England’s universities, while Yale’s row plan set a new precedent that was followed by the first planners of many later institutions, such as the University of Vermont and Amherst, Colby, and Bates Colleges, among numerous others.