Council of Independent Colleges Launches Historic Campus Architecture Website

April 06, 2010

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), an association of more than 570 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities and 60 higher education affiliates and organizations, recently launched the CIC Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP) website.

This is the first nationwide architecture and landscape database of independent college and university campuses.

The website provides extensive information about significant buildings, landscapes, campus plans and heritage sites of American higher education. Supported by two generous grants from the Getty Foundation, the HCAP website documents nearly 2,000 campus sites of historical significance that have been provided by nearly 370 institutions.

'CIC is delighted to announce the launch of the HCAP website,' said CIC President Richard Ekman. 'It is an attractive, information-packed window into the physical world of independent colleges and universities in all of their variety. The thousands of photographs and drawings that CIC has assembled for this project, and all of the descriptive material that go with them, form a treasure trove for understanding the places where students have learned and professors have taught from colonial times to the present.'

CIC Senior Advisor Barbara S. Christen, an architectural historian, directs the project. Advisors to the project include Randall Mason, associate professor of architecture in the graduate program in historic preservation at the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania; Therese O'Malley, associate dean of the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; Damie Stillman, professor of art history emeritus at the University of Delaware and editor-in-chief, Buildings of the United States series; Jeffrey A. Cohen, senior lecturer at Bryn Mawr College; John Strassburger, president of Ursinus College (PA); Thomas C. Celli, president of Celli-Flynn Brennan, Architects and Planners (PA); and Russell V. Keune, former director of international relations at the American Institute of Architects.

The CIC Historic Campus Architecture Project can be visited at

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