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The Rollins College campus has long been recognized as one of the most beautiful in America. Bordered by a picturesque lake and punctuated by majestic oaks and pines, it would be difficult to think of a more idyllic spot to engage in the pursuit of higher learning. Just as Rollins’ founders sought to bring to the Florida frontier the high-quality education of the New England colleges and universities of the late 19th century, they constructed the school’s first buildings in the same New England style. It was not until Rollins’ visionary eighth president, Hamilton Holt, that the College established its identity—in the manner of its education and the design of its architecture. Today, Holt’s groundbreaking, student-centered approach to teaching, with classes modeled on the editorial conferences Holt conducted for his magazine, is replicated in institutions across the country. The Spanish Mediterranean style Holt favored for the College’s buildings, however, has remained distinctively Rollins’, becoming the College’s visual signature. We celebrate Rollins’ architectural history and salute our predecessors for their taste and judgment. Our work educating Rollins students to fulfill their responsibilities as global citizens and responsible leaders is enhanced by the ideals of beauty and balance represented in the structures in which we live and learn.

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Winter Park


Rollins College history, Rollins College architecture, Spanish Mediterranean style, Winter Park history, architectural history, architecture, college buildings


Architectural History and Criticism | Architecture | History | Modern Art and Architecture


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