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Groundbreaking Marks New Era in College House System

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  • An artist's rendering of the new College House slated for construction north of the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building. (Image: Jeff Stikeman for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP)

Members of the campus community and the Board of Trustees celebrated the groundbreaking of Franklin & Marshall's new College House on the north side of the Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building Friday afternoon.

President John Fry kicked off the ceremony with introductory remarks, noting that this is the first time Franklin & Marshall will design a College House from scratch.

Robert A.M. Stern architects will design the new building in the Georgian revival style of Charles Klauder, a renowned architect who designed seven historic buildings on campus. Klauder also drafted the College's first master plan in the 1920s.

Robert A.M. Stern, the firm's world-renowned founder and senior partner, is dean of the Yale School of Architecture. His work can be seen at Harvard Business School, the University of Virginia and Yale University.

Following his introductory remarks, Fry introduced Susan Kline Klehr '73, who spoke on behalf of the trustees. Jack Heller, associate professor of psychology and senior House Don, spoke about the success of the College House system to date. Hormuz Masani '10 presented student remarks, outlining the importance of the House system to the lives of students.