Bryant F. Tolles Jr., professor emeritus of history and art history at the University of Delaware, offers us the first book-length study of the college and university architecture of pre–Civil War New England. Tolles is the author and editor of several books from the same publisher, including Summer Cottages in the White Mountains (2000), Resort Hotels of the Adirondacks (2003) and, more recently, Summer by the Seaside: The Architecture of New England Coastal Resort Hotels (2008). The current volume has its origins in Tolles's PhD dissertation of more than forty years ago, "College Architecture in Northern New England Before 1860: A Social and Cultural History" (Boston University, 1970). Clearly, the subject matter of Architecture & Academe has been on Tolles's mind for a long time, and it shows in the thoughtful account he has produced.

Tolles explains in his preface that...

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