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Collegiate Architecture and Landscape in the West

Willamette University, 1842-2012

William F. Willingham

Published by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art

10 × 9 inches. full color illustrations throughout 234 pages.

2019. ISBN 978-1-93095-781-7. Paperback, $44.95.

In the story of how campus architecture evolved in the nation, and in microcosm at Willamette University speci­fically, we see a rich reflection of our society and of education in general. We see how the building of a campus not only re-flects the educational aims and culture of a period, but also impacts the future educational missions of an institution. From the wood-framed Oregon Institute through the creation of the LEED Gold Certi­fied Ford Hall, the captivating details behind the formation of today’s beautiful campus show how intricately the physical plant is intertwined with the work, the institutional mission, the ­finances, and the individuals who shaped the progress of the University.

While there is plenty to satisfy those with an architectural bent, there is much here for the general reader as well. Generations of people come to life, people from whom we are separated not only by time, but by “the times.” And yet, in their humanity and deep commitment, we can catch glimpses of who we are today. Willamette University literally inhabits the visions of those who came before. We also see that in a very real way, the challenges, disappointments, and triumphs of people who no longer walk these grounds are built into the Willamette physical plant. Once one has been through this journey, the reader will never look at the built environment of Willamette, or of any campus, in the same way again.
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