Early University Campus

Sesquicentennial Book Oil Painting Sesquicentennial Book

This beautiful oil painting depicts the University campus, looking east, circa 1865. It’s attributed to Hannah P. Brown, an Alfred University student at that time. The image includes, from the left, the Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church, North Hall (men’s boarding hall), Middle Hall (president’s house & student dining hall), the newly built Rogers Observatory, Alumni Hall, the Gothic, the Brick, and an early village house (built in 1849 and still standing today). And be sure to notice the cows resting in front! The image was used as the cover for a book of essays published in 1986 on various aspects of the University’s  history during its sesquicentennial year (150th). Today the oil painting graces a wall in the University’s ornately restored Fasano Welcome Center.

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