St. Stephen’s in the New Century

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1. Student Army Training Corps unit, 1918. With the entrance of the United States into WWI, St. Stephen’s students enlisted in numbers that almost closed the College. In October of 1918, it was arranged to house a unit of the Student Army Training Core on campus, where they were taught mapmaking, military law, and other subjects. The armistice was signed soon after, and the unit was disbanded two months after it was instituted. The government paid its bill, however, and the College remained open.

2. Warden Bernard Iddings Bell being congratulated by Edward W. Hawkings ’29 and John Huess Jr. ’29 on Bell’s tenth anniversary at St. Stephen’s, 1929. Photograph by Bert Boice.

3. Rev. Lyford Edwards, 1947. An ordained Episcopal priest and B. I. Bell appointee of 1920, Dr. Edwards was one of the first teachers of sociology in any American college or university. His methods were radical for the time, and included sending students into prisons, brothels, and out to picket lines to learn about social issues first hand. The photograph was taken on the occasion of his last sermon before his retirement on January 12, 1947. Photograph by Elie Shneour ’47.

4. “The Old Gym.” Completed in 1920, the Georgian-style Memorial Gymnasium was constructed in memory of five alumni who had died in WWI. For years the lack of a proper gymnasium was seen as a drawback for the College, effectively curtailing enrollment. This represented Bernard Iddings Bell’s first major effort, declaring, in characteristically decisive terms, that “the College [could not] work properly, or even passively through another winter without a gymnasium and recreation building.”

5. The campus bowling alley, ca. 1925.
For students and faculty alike, the bowling alley in the basement was a highlight of the Memorial Gym. President B.I. Bell is visible standing third from left.
6. A laboratory in Hegeman Hall, ca. 1930. Photograph by Frank B. Howard.

7. Hegeman Science Building, ca. 1930. Hegeman was built in 1924 with funds from the John R. Hegeman Estate. Hegeman had been president of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and a trustee on Bard’s board.

8. Albee Hall under construction, 1924. Photograph by Frank B. Howard.

9. Albee Hall, late 1920s. Completed in 1925, Albee, along with Hegeman, was designed to serve as one side of a quadrangle envisioned by B.I. Bell but never completed. Edward Albee was a trustee of the College, a devout Episcopalian, and owner of the Palace Theater in New York. He was unusually meticulous in his generosity: Once the dormitory was completed, Mr. Albee insisted on furnishing each room, supervising the details down to the choice of bedding, rugs, divans, inkwells, and blotters.

10. A furnished dorm room on campus, ca. 1928. This room is likely in Albee.

11. Faculty housing, ca. 1940. Four Tudor style cottages, also funded by Edward Albee, were completed in 1926 to house faculty and their families. Photograph by Frank B. Howard.

12. Outdoor class, ca. 1934. Photograph by L. Hartley.

13. The campus, ca. 1930s. Looking north, this image provides a view of the original Kappa House, the athletic field, and the Hoffman Library.

14. Commencement, ca. 1916. Traditionally, commencements were held under a tent in the oak grove.
15. Freshmen vs. Sophomore Procession, 1918. This photograph captures the procession of the freshman and sophomore classes as they prepared to do battle in the annual “tug of war” across Sawkill Creek. The freshmen are wearing special caps, which by tradition they could dispose of if they emerged as the victors of the contest. The freshmen can be seen carrying the rope, while a sophomore carries a taunting sign that reads: “Sea Weed.”
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