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Dartmouth College: The Campus Guide [Paperback]

Scott Meacham

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June 15 2008 Campus Guides
Organized as a series of walks through the distinct neighborhoods of Dartmouth College and parts of the surrounding town of Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College provides an intimate view of one of the most unique and picturesque Ivy League campuses. It contains a comprehensive illustration of today's campus and charts its historic evolution from a small school in the wilderness to the last college granted a royal charter before the Revolution. Comprised primarily of clean, classical, and simple buildings by turn-of-the-century architects like Jens Frederick Larson and Charles Alonzo Rich, Dartmouth's campus also boasts impressive modern buildingsby Gwathmey Siegel; Robert A. M. Stern; KieranTimberlake Associates; and Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; 1 edition (June 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568983484
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568983486
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 16.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 739 g

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"Some of America's finest architecture can be found around the grassy quads of college campuses, a heritage that Princeton Architectural Press is showcasting in a series called The Campus Guides. The books, which illustrate how academic goals were developed and expressed through campus design, include artful maps, photographs, archival drawings, and historical narratives written by architects or professors of architectural history."

About the Author

Scott Meacham has a master's degree in architectural history from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and currently practices law in Virginia.

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4.0 out of 5 stars amazing photos and history for the interested May 27 2009
By MM. Sharpur - Published on Amazon.com
This is part of a series of architecture and history books on New England college campuses, including most of the Ivy League and other old colleges/universities.

The book itself is impressive to scan through: a lot of crisp colored plates showing different buildings and views of the campus. It would actually make a great coffee-table book for a Dartmouth alum or a Dartmouth parent. Though I would appreciate more views of the beautiful New Hampshire scenery (instead of an overwhelming number of building facades), the ambience of Dartmouth is nonetheless captured through these pictures.

The photos are organized as part of "walks" through the college, following a path that leads through various buildings and natural landscapes. Accompanying content describes the architectural as well as founding history of each point of interest along the path of the "walk". This usually means a discussion about the designers of the building, their inspiration and other historical influences, as well as other interesting tidbits that probably won't be mentioned in a normal campus tour. Some technical architectural vocabulary is used--especially in reference to architectural styles--but it is certainly manageable for the lay reader.

Overall, a good book for those interested in knowing more about the history of Dartmouth College through the keen architectural eye and a discussion of buildings along the walkways surrounding the Dartmouth Green.
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent book. Boring architecture. Sept. 26 2012
By Jon L. Albee - Published on Amazon.com
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With the exception of the College Green, Dartmouth is largely a collection of academic neo-Georgian buildings. The book itself is good. The walks are well organized. The photographs are good, too.

If you are an alumnus or student, you will probably appreciate this book. Also, students of the Colonial Revival in both classical and post-modern contexts will find the book interesting, with many examples from the work of Charles Alonzo Rich and Jens Fredrick Larson.

Most prospective readers are going to be familiar with Larson from one of the many collegiate projects he executed. He created plans and buildings for such institutions as Bucknell, Colby, Wake Forest and Harvard. Though Dartmouth, in your reviewer's opinion, is not one of his better canvases, the book does present a wide representation of his exceptionally conservative style.

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