North College

North College has one of the most interesting histories of any buiilding on campus. It began its life in 1823, the third building the College built after South College and the first President's House. It was designed by Hiram Johnson of Amherst, and was known as North College for the next six years (King, 310). In 1828, another dormitory was built on the present location of Williston, which then became "North," making North College become "Middle College," as it was known from 1828 to 1857.

On January 19 of that year, "Old" North College, as it now referred to, burned down, and the name "North College" returned to its original owner. Over the years, North College has served as dormitories, a chapel, a laboratory, and a library, among other uses (King, 310). It is currently a freshman dormitory, and remains one of the best-known buildings on the campus. (Top photo taken 12 October 2001, bottom image from Sunlight Pictures).

View these other Amherstiana items featuring North College:

North and Johnson Chapel Stereoview
College Row Stereoview
College Row Stereoview II
North College and Johnson Chapel Stereoview
College Photo
1897 Ball Team Photo
1891 Class Day Program
College Row Engraving
College Ashtray
New Year 1933
The G. H. Driver Collection: Olio Poster
The G. L. Nichols Collection: Johnson Chapel and North College (lower and middle right)
The G. L. Nichols Collection: Williston and North College (lower right)
College Row Tobacco Leather
College Row Gold Tobacco Leather
College Row Gold Tobacco Leather
The Gift of Amherst's Sons
A Simple Statement of the Needs
This is Amherst, 1951
Freshman Quad 360° Panorama

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