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F&M From the Air

1858, looking Southwest:

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This picture isn't exactly an aerial, but of course that wasn't available in 1858 -- the closest this picture comes to being an aerial is if someone had taken it standing on a chair. In any case, this picture is for context. After Franklin and Marshall Colleges merged in 1853, these three buildings were the entire campus. Throughout this tour you'll be able to easily recognize Old Main's signature belltower in most all of the photographs. Old Main was constructed as the "College Building", and two beautiful neo-Gothic buildings on either side were for the two student literary societies, Goethean (left) and Diagnothian (right). You'll notice two interesting points right away: first, the buildings stand completely alone on the top of the hill, without trees or other buildings. This is because F&M was actually in Lancaster's countryside when it was built, although the city surronds it now. Second, the buildings then look exactly like the buildings now. This is due to fabulous preservation efforts by people through F&M's history who wanted to preserve a sense of tradition around F&M.


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