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Bosworth Hall and Fairfield Chapel, Oberlin College

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Bosworth Hall was constructed as the centerpiece of Oberlin's former Graduate School of Theology which awarded degrees as largely functioned as a separate unit of the college until 1965. The limestone building features hand-carved medieval doorways and limestone colonnades that once connected the building to dormitories designed to allow divinity students to be separated from other students. Bosworth Hall is most notable for its imposing Romanesque tower made from Indiana limestone. The building is also notable as the home of Fairfield Chapel, named in honor of former college president James Harris Fairchild who led the institution from 1866 to 18889.

undated photo of Bosworth Hall
Bosworth Hall today


Oberlin College is a private liberal arts college in Oberlin, Ohio, noteworthy for having been the first American institution of higher learning to regularly admit female and black students in addition to white males. The Oberlin Conservatory of Music, part of the college, is the oldest continuously operating conservatory in the country. The college is famously referred to as "the college that started the Civil War". 


Geoffrey Blodgett, Oberlin Architecture, College and Town: A Guide to Its Social History(Oberlin, OH: Oberlin College, 1985), 28-29.

Roland M. Baumann, Constructing Black Education at Oberlin College: A Documentary History (Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2010)

Bosworth Hall
Oberlin, OH 44074
  • African American History
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  • History of Public and Higher Education
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  • Women’s History
This location was created on 2015-05-28 by Mike Emett, Marshall University Libraries.   It was last updated on 2018-03-30 by Clio Admin .

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