UMASS AMHERST campus planning
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a culture
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preliminary planning principles

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umass in the beginning

Extant buildings constructed 1850-1899

UMass was founded in1863 as a land-grant agricultural college; the first facilities were four frame buildings. The University‘s first fifty years of development are represented by a handful of extant residential-scale buildings –brick and frame –that served the agricultural mission of the institution. Farm fields, orchards, and pastures were immediately adjacent to the campus and served as working laboratories and classrooms.

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vintage pictures

The UMass Amherst campus back in the day.


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