|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
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.
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
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.” |