Crouse Memorial College
Designed by Archimedes Russell and constructed of Longmeadow sandstone, this
was only thee second building to be erected on the new campus. It housed the
College of Fine Arts for many years.
The authors of Architecture Worth Saving compare Russell's detailing
to those used by H. H. Richardson (see south entry detail below), which he
derived from Romanesque churches in France and Spain. This "Richardsonian Style"
was very popular at the end of the 19th Century and Crouse College was, in fact,
built by the Norcross Brothers who also built many of Richardson's commissions.
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Notice the observatory at the left, which has since been moved.
Source: Library of Congress, PAN US GEOG - New York, no. 69 (part of panoramic photo)
Russell prepared preliminary plans for the project in 1987. Charles E. Colton
(who designed the Robert Gere Bank building) also prepared a design for this
project, but Russell was highly regarded by the donor, John R. Crouse, and it
plan that was adopted.
AWS has particular praise for Setnor memorial auditorium which is
covered by an open-timber roof. "The original pipe organ has been replaced in
recent years by a classical organ but the remainder of the auditorium remains in
its original state; it is often used for concerts and recitals, and has
excellent acoustical properties. A remarkable stair and other notable wood
details are still to be seen on the interior."