This exhibition traced the development of the Wheaton College campus from its founding in 1834 to 2009. It emphasized the shift from traditional architectural styles to the iconoclastic principles of modernism. The show was researched, planned and designed by the students of the museum studies seminar Exhibition Design. More than 200 objects were used, most drawn from Wheaton's archives and special collections, including campus models, building plans and designs, sketches, portraits, photographs, and other objects. Spring 2009.

Recent Submissions

  • Jeannette Kittredge Watson and Elizabeth Stoffregen May 

    Unknown author (2009-07-06)
    Mrs. Jeannette Kittredge Watson and Dean Elizabeth Stoffregen May on the Steps of Watson Fine Arts Center at its dedication, . Jeannette Kittredge Watson was an alumna of the Class of x1902. Her husband, Thomas J. Watson, ...
  • Chase Dining Hall construction, circa 1959 

    Unknown author
    The dining hall named for William F. Chase, treasurer of Wheaton College from 1936 to 1960, under construction in 1959. Designed by Howard L. Rich, Rich & Tucker Assoc. This original dining room is called Chase Round.
  • Chapin Hall, circa 1902 

    Unknown author (2009-07-06)
    Hand colored postcard (H 9620) of Chapin Hall, ca. 1902. The first brick building constructed at Wheaton, this dormitory was designed by Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson, and named for Samuel Austin Chapin, brother of Mrs. Wheaton, ...
  • Campus comparison, 1902-2009 

    Denhard, Mollie
    This sketch by Mollie Denhard, Wheaton Class of 2010, compares the Wheaton buildings of 1902 with the present-day campus. Chapin Hall, on the left, and Mary Lyon Hall, on the right, are common to both. In 1902, Wheaton ...
  • Campus views--aerial, circa 1965 

    Unknown author
    This picturesque aerial view captures the varied architectural styles on Wheaton’s campus. Open fields and traditional New England farmhouses, including the Presidentnulls House (1829), Hollyhock House (1935), and the ...
  • Art Center sketch by Caleb Hornbostel, 1938 

    Hornbostel, Caleb
    Caleb Hornbostel completed this sketch on February 20, 1938 before joining with Richard M. Bennett to enter Wheaton’s art center architectural competition. The sketch depicts a building that closely resembles the winning ...
  • Personal Pass Book, Boylston National Bank 

    Wheaton, Eliza Baylies Chapin
    Eliza Baylies Chapin Wheaton was largely responsible for the creation and funding of Wheaton Female Seminary throughout its first seventy years of existence. Although she remained in the administrative “background,” she ...
  • AH Meneely and Young Hall 

    Unknown author
    President Meneely points to the architectural rendering of Young Hall, the first International Style dormitory to be constructed after the Trusteesnull 1955 decision to increase college enrollment.
  • Kilham Hall Groundbreaking 

    Unknown author
    In 1926 John Edgar Park succeeded Samuel Valentine Cole as president of Wheaton College. During the first decade of Park’s presidency, he continued the plans for the college by completing the Court of Honor designed by ...
  • Making it Modern: The Making of an Exhibition 

    Denhard, Mollie; Quigley, Meghan; Scalzi, Mell; Valentina, Jennifer (2009)