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Bennington College, Vermont
$150,000

Founded in 1932 as a women's liberal arts college, Bennington College is now a coeducational institution with a campus of 60 buildings on 550 acres in rural Vermont. Campus buildings and the landscape reflect an evolution from farm to estate to campus, and include an 18th-century saltbox cottage once home to the poet Robert Frost, as well as several distinctive International Style buildings. Bennington will undertake a comprehensive planning process that involves documenting its campus resources and establishing preservation priorities in the context of its existing master plan.

  Bennington College
 

Berry College, Mount Berry, Georgia
$150,000

Berry College, encompassing nearly 28,000 acres in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, was founded in 1902 as the Boys Industrial School to provide educational opportunities for the children of the Southern Highlands. The majority of the buildings on the campus were constructed by students during founder Martha Berry's lifetime (1865-1942), and reflect a variety of historic styles from log cabins to neoclassical and Georgian-revival style academic buildings. The college is also rich in archaeological resources. Grant funds will support a survey of campus buildings and sites to produce a preservation master plan.

  Berry College
 

Clark Atlanta University, Georgia
$90,000

Together with Morehouse and Spelman Colleges (both previously awarded Campus Heritage grants), Clark Atlanta is part of the Atlanta University Center (AUC), the largest consortium of historically black institutions in the U.S. Clark Atlanta was formed in 1988 with the merger of Atlanta University, chartered in 1867, and Clark College, founded in 1877. Despite the historic significance of the buildings on the campus, little is known about aspects of their original appearance or previous alterations. Clark Atlanta will conduct archival research to document its historic resources, examine overall building conditions, and develop treatment guidelines.

  Clark Atlanta University
 

New Mexico State University System, Las Cruces
$175,000

Established in 1888 before New Mexico became a state, New Mexico State University (NMSU) is the state's oldest public institution of higher learning and the only land-grant institution in the nation classified as Hispanic-serving by the federal government. The majority of the system's historic resources are located on the main Las Cruces campus, whose first master plan was created in 1906 by the prominent architectural firm of Trost & Trost. Grant funds will support a comprehensive survey of historic buildings and landscapes at all NMSU properties across the state, with an emphasis on the main Las Cruces campus. NMSU will also develop historic preservation policies and guidelines to guide future conservation work and maintenance activities.

  New Mexico State
 

Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Pennsylvania
$185,000

In a novel approach to campus heritage planning at small colleges, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation will develop preservation plans for four institutions in Western Pennsylvania: Allegheny College, Geneva College, Grove City College, and Slippery Rock University. The four schools, located within 100 miles of Pittsburgh, exhibit a range of campus planning, academic buildings, and landscapes, that represent American architectural history both nationally and locally. Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation will coordinate a team that will assess 40 historic buildings on the four campuses, and create preservation plans for each school.

  Geneva College
 

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
$175,000

Pratt Institute was founded in 1887 by leading Brooklyn industrialist Charles Pratt. It was one of the earliest schools established to provide education to the working class by providing a curriculum for the training of artisans, designers, architects, draftsmen, milliners, dressmakers, and other technicians. The list of designers engaged by Pratt included some of the most notable 19th-century architects of the day, including Lamb and Rich, and McKim, Mead, and White. The buildings represent significant examples of late 19th and 20th century Romanesque Revival, Renaissance Revival, and neo-Romanesque architecture. With grant support, Pratt will create a Historic Preservation Master Plan to guide campus preservation efforts.

  Pratt Institute
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
$175,000

Since receiving its charter as a land-grant institution in 1867, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) has grown steadily in stature and in size, and now includes over 200 buildings on almost 1400 acres. UIUC's buildings reflect the history of popular architectural styles over the last 140 years, including examples of Italianate, Neo-Classical, Arts and Crafts, and Georgian Revival. Grant funds will support the creation of a "Campus Heritage Register" (an online computerized database with detailed information on campus structures and sites)and the development of preservation maintenance guidelines.

  University of Illinois
 

University of Oregon, Eugene
$190,000

Opened to the public in 1876, the University of Oregon (UO) was designed with an emphasis on open space, today encompassing more than 500 species and 2,500 specimens of trees on the 295-acre campus. The campus retains strong elements of architect and planner Ellis Lawrence's early 20th-century Beaux-Arts plan with formal axes and a central open space. Grant funds will support development of a cultural resource survey of landscapes and buildings, a cultural landscape preservation plan, a Geographic Information System database of the compiled historic survey data, and detailed preservation plans for selected landscapes and building sites.

  University of Oregon
 

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
$175,000

Founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, Poughkeepsie brewer and businessman, Vassar College was the first endowed college to provide a full and rigorous liberal arts curriculum for women. Vassar chose the prominent New York architect James Renwick Jr. to design the first campus building, a huge Second Empire-style building patterned after the Tuilleries Palace. Over the next 150 years, the College continued to commission important examples of Medieval Revival, Second Empire, Colonial Revival, Beaux-Arts, Modern, and Postmodern architecture, all set in a spacious and verdant campus landscape. With grant funds, Vassar will survey 52 buildings on the campus, with special attention to the preservation issues presented by buildings constructed since 1950, and produce a historic preservation design manual.

  Vassar College
 

Virginia Military Institute, Lexington
$125,000

The Virginia Military Institute (VMI), founded in 1839 as the first state-supported public military college in the U.S., has schooled such notable military leaders as "Stonewall" Jackson and George C. Marshall. The core of the campus, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, features a historic landscape with buildings around a parade ground. Prominent architects have left their mark on the campus: Alexander Jackson Davis designed the original Gothic-revival campus, which was redesigned by Bertram Goodhue in the early 20th century. VMI will develop a comprehensive historic preservation master plan for all buildings and landscapes in the historic core, and for all pre-1955 buildings and landscapes throughout the campus.

  Virginia Military Institute
 

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