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Amherst, MA 01003-9312

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150 Years of UMass Amherst Building & Architecture


As the University of Massachusetts Amherst celebrates its 150th year, the Department of History is pleased to offer students and visitors the following resources for exploring the campus's architectural history.


The Campus Guide

University of Massachusetts Amherst professors Max Page and Marla Miller take a loving and clear-eyed look at the wide-ranging architecture and landscape of the 150-year-old UMass Amherst campus in a hefty, glossy and eponymously titled new addition to “The Campus Guide” series from the Princeton Architectural Press.  

As UMass Amherst celebrates its Sesquicentennial Founders Week, April 22-29, the campus itself is a particularly effective lens through which to view the evolution of the institution that was created as Massachusetts Agricultural College following the passage of the Morrill land grant act, notes Page.   “The campus, both its glorious buildings and its less-beloved ones, is part of a noble story – perhaps the most noble story we have – of the attempt to achieve the vision Gov. John A. Andrews announced to the legislature on January 9, 1863: ‘We should have a university which would be worthy of the dream of her fathers, the history of the state, and the capacity of her people.’”   (Read the full press release here.)


April 23rd Lecture on "The Architectural Legacy of the University of Massachusetts Amherst"

Miller and Page, members of the architecture and history faculty, will also present their research and sign copies of their new book in a special Sesquicentennial lecture, “Beauty, Cravings, Virtue: A Celebration of the Architectural Legacy of the University of Massachusetts Amherst” on Tuesday, April 23 beginning at 4 p.m. in Goodell Hall’s Bernie Dallas Room.   Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the April 23rd event.


Learn More!

For even more on UMass Amherst's architectural history, visit the following:

UMass Women's History Audio Tour: This tour consists of audio files introducing 14 specific sites on the campus of UMass Amherst, and briefly outlining their significance to the history of women at UMass.

Lost UMass: Created in honor of the University's Sesquicentennial, Lost UMass celebrates some of the buildings and landscapes that were once part of our campus but have now vanished. The histories of these lost landscapes - built, moved, repurposed, and torn down - are presented in this searchable online database.