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Honors Thesis (Colby Access Only)


Colby College. American Studies Program


Charles W. Bassett


My main goal in this paper is to bring historical information together to explain why Mayflower Hill looks the way it does today. This paper is the first attempt of its kind to be done at Colby. And this is my first time ever writing an american studies/architecture paper of this nature. I hope that this will inspire other individuals to research other questions and topics - I was unable to do justice. And finally, I hope that this paper will open people's eyes, so that they might be more aware of what surrounds them and question the buildings that they use everyday. My paper will be divided into five major sections. In each section I will discuss one of the five questions: Why did Colby decide to move from downtown Waterville? How was the Mayflower Hill site and the architect chosen in particular? How was the architectural style and planning chosen? Why did the buildings after 1960 deviate from Larson's master plan? What were the social and cultural implications behind the style and the layout of the campus? In order to unveil the story of Mayflower Hill, I have used various documents from the Colby Archives to support my analysis. However, an important portion of my paper will be my own visual analysis of the campus plan. Also, I will discuss how the buildings -- are situated and the messages they project.


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Colby College, Campus, architecture, development, Waterville, Jens Frederick Lelrson