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One of Champlain’s Many Unique Buildings, Carriage House

One of Champlain’s most unique buildings is a first-year residence hall nestled between Freeman, Wick, and Foster Halls: Carriage House. But this residence hall wasn’t originally built to be any kind of home. It was built by S. B. Saxe around 1894 and used to store carriages (and later cars) of the Presbrey family, who […]

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McDonald’s Next Door Neighbor, Whiting Hall

Did you know that at one point, the original owners of McDonald Hall also owned the house right next door? Whiting Hall was built around 1880 for attorney John T. Drew and his wife, Lucy. Drew died around the same time the house was completed, but Lucy resided there until Alfred C. Whiting bought the […]

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Champlain’s Mini Castle, McDonald Hall

Did you know that Champlain College has its own mini castle on campus? The distinctive Romanesque Revival–style architecture of McDonald Hall was designed by W. R. B. Wilcox in 1897 for banker Charles P. Smith and his family. A carriage house was also constructed on the property around the same time. Charles Smith’s grandson, Frederick […]

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Champlain’s First Residence Building, Jensen Hall

Did you know that before 1965, Champlain students didn’t have an on-campus residence hall? Instead, they boarded with local families while completing their studies. To fix this, Champlain purchased the building that is now Jensen Hall. This beautiful, shingle-style house was built in 1888 by Burlington architect A. B. Fisher as a summer home for […]

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371 Main Street Takes Top Award in 2016 Kill-A-Watt Challenge

By Shannon Turgeon ‘17/Champlain College News For the month of February, residence halls across campus participated in the Kill-A-Watt Challenge, a competition designed to reduce electricity usage and raise student awareness regarding electricity conservation and related behaviors in Champlain College residence halls. It is coordinated by Sustain Champlain and Residential Life. This year’s winner was […]

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