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Bentley Magazine

Jaimie Fritz

The September return of students, faculty and staff inspired this quick tour of current and former campus landmarks.


Strength in Unity

Brick archways were a unifying feature of the seven buildings that comprised the newly constructed Bentley campus in 1968. They are design elements outdoors and indoors, such as this one in the library.

Star Attraction

A small observatory, built in 1974, once stood where the Adamian Academic Center is today. Though a highlight of campus tours, it was removed to keep the cohesive look of Georgian architecture on the main campus.

Dovecote building

From Doves to Falcons

Located on what is now south campus, the Dovecote building was part of the historic Lyman Estate when Bentley purchased the land in the 1960s. Traditionally, dovecotes are built to house pigeons or doves, and we believe this is the purpose it served for the Lyman family.

Bentley StairMaster

The steep stairway from the Tree dorms to the library is familiar to generations of Falcons, who have braved it in all kinds of weather. Since 2002, the Smith Academic Technology Center has offered an alternative, weather-protected route to the center of campus.

The steep stairway from the Tree dorms to the library
The pedestrian bridge

Meaningful Connection

The pedestrian bridge opened in 1989, lowered into place across Beaver Street in one large piece. It offered a safer commute from residence halls to classes as more students chose to live on campus. Upgrades through the years include installing better-lighted pathways and emblazoning “Bentley” on both sides so drivers know they’re passing by.

Saving Time

One of Bentley’s most iconic structures almost wasn’t. The library was designed to be topped with a clocktower, but funds were tight as campus construction wrapped up in the late 1960s. A gift by Solomon R. Baker ’24 enabled the project to move ahead and the clocktower was installed in fall 1972.


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