Friday, March 20, 2015

Reason #2 to #SaveSweetBriar

This one is simple -- is is Sweet Briar College, the place. A few facts:
  •  SBC is nearly always at or near the top of rankings of the most beautiful college campuses: Best Colleges Most Beautiful Campuses of 2015 (#41); Best College Review's 100 Most Beautiful Colleges (#33); Ten most beautiful college campuses (Princeton Review),  #6.
  • SBC sits on over 3,000 acres of prime Virginia land in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Originally it was lush farmland, and some of the property was maintained for dairy, etc, till recently. The property is beyond "scenic" -- it has breathtaking views. The original land owners left their estate to found a women's college in 1901. Read more history here.
  • An amazing 21 out of the 30 buildings on Sweet Briar College’s campus have collectively been listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. 
  • Many structures on campus are designed by renowned architect Ralph Adams Cram. Read about the architectural significance of the SBC buildings.
Sweet Briar College staff created a  Learning the land tour to acquaint new students with the campus and its history, as well as help them feel connected to the land and its natural beauty. They have integrated the land into their academic/learning programs and co-curricula activities.  Classes monitor the bee population in the fields, and a working orchard was planned (from Mission and Place: Strengthening Learning and Community Through Campus Design By Daniel R. Kenney).

I fear that someone may have designs on the real estate prospects for this lovely historical campus. Read about the legal issues in this article. 

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Read my Reason #3 and Reason #1

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