Charles Babcock: Sage College

Pencil sketch. ca. 1871.

The Trustees assumed that a professor of architecture could also fulfill the responsibilities of university architect, with little if any additional compensation. Babcock’s buildings on campus reflect his own tastes and his collaboration with White. Sage Chapel and Sage College, both completed in 1875, represent the best examples of his developed style; following Ruskin’s teachings they are designed in the Gothic idiom represented by Northern Italy in accordance with Ruskin’s teachings. Babcock also designed and constructed Lincoln and Franklin (now Tjaden) Halls and the Old Armory (on the site of the current Engineering quadrangle).


Dining Room

Drawing Room

Sage College cornerstone letter.

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