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West College: A National Historic Landmark

Walking Tour Stop 16

 
 
West College: A National Historic Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
1. West College: A National Historic Landmark Marker
Inscription. West College – known affectionately as Old West – traces its roots to February 1803, when the college’s main building burned to the ground after four years of costly construction. In a bind, the college trustees appealed for help. Benjamin Latrobe, recently appointed architect of the U.S. Capitol, designed the new structure free of charge. His plans recommended a limestone façade in place of the original brick. Latrobe’s contribution, along with donations from Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and other prominent patriots, ensured the building’s swift reconstruction.

The cornerstone of Old West was placed on August 8, 1803. The building hosted its first classes in November 1805 and housed its first undergraduates in 1810. Future U.S. President James Buchanan, class of 1809, was among the first students to study in the new building.

In 1963 Old West was designated a Registered National Historic Landmark. Home to administrative offices and classrooms, Old West continues to be the centerpiece of Dickinson’s 115-acre campus.
 
Erected by Historic Carlisle, Inc.
 
Location. 40° 12.127′ N, 77° 11.708′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on W High Street (U.S.
Marker in Carlisle image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
2. Marker in Carlisle
11), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is on W High Street, between West Street and College Street. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dickinson College (within shouting distance of this marker); The President’s House (within shouting distance of this marker); Dr. Benjamin Rush (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The John Dickinson Campus of Dickinson College (about 300 feet away); George Washington (about 500 feet away); The Benjamin Rush Campus of Dickinson College (about 600 feet away); Beta Pi Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity (about 600 feet away); Dickinson Students Part Ways (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Carlisle.
 
More about this marker. The upper right of the marker contains the “Earliest known photograph of Old West, circa 1860.” Below this is a picture of “Benjamin Latrobe’s original plans for the north face of Old West, May 18, 1803.” Photos courtesy of Dickinson College Archives.
 
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West College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 7, 2010
3. West College Marker
Earliest Known Photo of West College image. Click for full size.
By Unknown, circa 1860
4. Earliest Known Photo of West College
West College, Looking North image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 5, 2009
5. West College, Looking North
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 573 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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