• Created Date
  • 1970-1985
  • Publisher
  • Springfield College
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  • A photograph of the front entrance of Springfield College's dormitory, Appleton Hall, decorated for the winter holidays. Only a year after the first women’s dormitory, Abbey Hall, was completed, the college estimated that by 1953 there would be more women than would fit in it. Springfield College was concerned with the safety of its women students and, along with parents, objected to them living in private homes, remote from campus, as was the... more
    A photograph of the front entrance of Springfield College's dormitory, Appleton Hall, decorated for the winter holidays. Only a year after the first women’s dormitory, Abbey Hall, was completed, the college estimated that by 1953 there would be more women than would fit in it. Springfield College was concerned with the safety of its women students and, along with parents, objected to them living in private homes, remote from campus, as was the custom for the men to do. In June of 1953, a proposal was made to build an extension to Abbey Hall. The extension was referred to as West Hall. The final cost of the West Hall was $255,000 and it housed 108 women. The building was completed in March of 1956, but was not dedicated and named Appleton Hall until June 12th, 1965. On this date the building was named after its main benefactor Leirion H. Appleton, who donated to the building’s construction in memory of her husband Edward A. Appleton, former President of the Corporation of Springfield. Mrs. Appleton had remained an anonymous benefactress to Springfield College for over a decade and because of her modesty and desire for anonymity, the building was known only as West Hall until 1965 when Mrs. Appleton prevailed to allow the dormitory to be named in honor of her husband. less
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