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Faces Behind the Façades

By Stacey Himmelberger

Statesmen and scholars. Entrepreneurs and visionaries. Writers and artists. More than 50 buildings on campus serve as lasting tributes to individuals who shaped not only Hamilton's history, but in many cases the history of our nation.

With the opening this fall of the Charlean and Wayland Blood Fitness and Dance Center and the Little Squash Center, we thought we’d take this opportunity to offer a glimpse into the lives of a few of our buildings’ namesakes.

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President Babbitt at Kirkland’s first general assembly meeting (1969) Azel Backus House Walter Beinecke (right) and former President Martin Carovano cut the Benedict Hall of Languages
Babbitt Residence Hall Azel Backus House Beinecke Student Activities Village Benedict Hall of Languages
Wiiliam McLaren Bristol Bundy Margaret Bundy Scott
Blood Fitness and Dance Center Bristol Center Bundy Residence Halls Margaret Bundy Scott Field House
Buttrick Hall Milton Fillius Samuel Kirkland Jeff and Claudia Little
Buttrick Hall Fillius Events Barn Kirkland Cottage Little Squash Center
McIntosh Residence Hall Minor Theater Christian Henry Frederic Peters Elihu Root
McIntosh Residence Hall Minor Theater Peters Observatory Elihu Root House
Schambach Center Silvia Saunders Alexander Coburn Soper Alexander Wollcott
Schambach Center Saunders House Soper Hall of Commons Woollcott House


Information for this article was drawn primarily from previous volumes of the catalogues of Hamilton and Kirkland colleges and the Hamilton Alumni Review; Hamilton College: A History by Walter Pilkington (Hamilton College, 1962); Hamilton College and Her Family Lines by William DeLoss Love II ’45; and documents from the College Archives.

Other sources include: The Soper-Wheeler Co. (www.soperwheeler.com); “A Brief History of Bristol-Myers Squibb History” (www.bms.com); “In Search of the Heroes” series on Henry Harper Benedict (www.graceproducts.com); “History of Ilion Industry, Village of Ilion, Herkimer County, N.Y.” (www.rootsweb.com/~nyherkim/ilion/ilionindustry.html); Elihu Root Biography (www.nobelprize.org); Barnard College Campus News, Jan. 4, 2001; History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West, 1614-1925 (S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1925); Limited Engagement – Kirkland College 1965-78: An Intimate History of the Rise and Fall of a Coordinate College for Women by Samuel Fisher Babbitt (Xlibris, 2006).