Margaret Birney Vickery
Smith College, founded in 1871 as one of the first colleges for women, is known for its beautiful campus set in an idyllic New England landscape. Smith College: The Campus Guide portrays an inviting and inspirational walk around the grounds that captures a comprehensive tour through American design and culture, from the eighteenth century to the present. Author Margaret Birney Vickery, an architectural historian, reveals much about the cultural aspirations, educational achievements, and artistic impulses that have made Smith a leading American college and campus.
The campus includes such diverse buildings as Peabody & Stearn’s Queen Anne-style College Hall; the neo-Georgian Quadrangle by Ames, Dodge and Putnam; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s International Style Cutter and Ziskind houses; and the postmodern Bass Science Center and Young Science Library by Shepley, Bullfinch, Richardson, and Abbott.
The Smith Campus Guide showcases important contemporary works, such as Brown Fine Arts Center, designed by the Polshek Partnership; the Olin Fitness Center, by Leers Weinzapfel Associates; and the Campus Center by Weiss/Manfredi.
Beautiful photographs by Bilyena Dimitrova offer rare views of the campus, its buildings and artful landscapes.