This is a classic Independent piece by Griffin Dean, from our first semester of publishing, way back in spring, 2010. I thought I would add it to the front page to round out our offerings this spring, our seventh semester of publishing. Other articles of interest can be found in the archives. A nice history of the campus, due, we hope, for further additions in the next years as we realize the full vision of a four-year college.
The Radio City Music Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center, The US Embassy in India, the Florida State Capital, and Landmark College. All were built by architect Edward Durrell Stone.
The buildings were originally commissioned for Windham College on a 10,000,000 budget. Stone’s original design included plans for seven dorms, eight academic buildings, and a chapel.
When originally constructed every structure on campus was painted chalk white. George D. Aiken Hall and Robert Frost Hall were the first to be constructed. The dorms were complete in 1963 and 1965 respectively. Poet Robert Frost broke ground for the Frost Hall in 1962. Frost intended to write a poem for each room but died before the dorm or poems were completed. Both Frost and Aiken were originally men’s dorms. Frost became the first co-ed dorm on campus in 1966.
In 1965 construction began on Flora Hendricks Hall and Edward Durrell Stone Hall—now middle and Hall 4 respectively. Hendricks Hall housed 90 women, while Stone Hall housed 90 men. Hendricks hall had the school Cafeteria. Stone hall contained the original infirmary which was later converted into a second Cafeteria.
The Dorothy Culbertson Marvin Memorial Library was finished in 1966. At the time of its construction, it was the largest library in southern Vermont. The student center, Administration, Science, and Fine Arts buildings were completed shortly afterward.
Dormitory #5, now Davis Hall, was completed in the first quarter of 1967. The college infirmary was relocated to the dorm. In 1974, a fire destroyed the infirmary, where the Landmark Department of Safety and Security is now located.
In 1969 Stone’s revised plans for two student dormitories were published in the Windham Free Press. These two dorms were later renamed Chumley A & B.
Several other structures existed as a part of the original campus.
A building known as the field house, which sits on the opposite side of River Road, was used for many Windham College gatherings and events.
A large wooden geometric dome was constructed in front of the Administration building during the late 60’s or early 70’s.
Still part of the Landmark campus, is the overgrown remains of the Windham swimming pond, Wing-Ding pond. The pond originally featured a swimming dock.
Windham always suffered from financial instability. The college never accumulated enough money to complete Stone’s vision. In 1978 the Windham College closed its doors. Ironically, Stone died the same year.