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Most college campuses have an "Old Main" type building, along perhaps a central quadrangle and other features that seem to be indicative of a traditional collegiate setting. In recent years, studying campuses through their architectural development has become quite popular, and this online project from the Council of Independent Colleges is a great way to learn about this field. Working with a grant from the Getty Foundation, the Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP) site documents over 2000 places of historical significance on private college and university campuses. Visitors can browse the database by institution, designer, building style or time period. For each building profiled, visitors can learn about its history and current use, and also view a selection of photos, drawings, or other pieces of documentation. Additionally, visitors should take a look at the glossary provided here to brush up on terms like "American Colonial" and "Gothic Revival".
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