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Front of Herbert P. Blake Hall at Springfield College (ca. 1994)



This photograph shows the front of Herbert P. Blake Hall at Springfield College. Though the entire front of the building is not visible, a good portion of it can be seen in this photograph. There are some cars parked in the lot in front of the building. There is also a fence in front of the lot and building. The living center, which is the other portion of the building, can be seen in the far left corner of the image as the two are attached to one another.Herbert P. Blake Hall building was purchased by Springfield College from the Standard Electric Time Company in 1990. The building was split into two distinct sections, the Living Center and, eventually, the academic section, with classrooms and offices. The entire building measured 120,000 square feet. The Living Center side of the building was renovated and opened for student residential living in 1990. In 2000-2001, Blake Hall was renovated with the goal of returning all traditional undergraduate programs to the main campus. In 2002, Springfield College president Richard Flynn temporarily named the building Wilbraham Hall because of the building’s location on Wilbraham Avenue. On October 16, 2006, Springfield College announced that S. Prestley Blake and Helen Davis Blake contributed $2 million to support the college through its fundraising campaign, titled Leadership for the 21st Century: The Campaign for Springfield College. It was also announced that Wilbraham Hall would be changed to Herbert P. Blake Hall in honor of S. Prestley Blake’s father. The donation of $2 million is one of the largest single donations in school history. S. Prestley Blake is the co-founder of the Friendly’s Ice Cream Corporation, and Helen Davis Blake was vice chair of the college’s board of trustees and co-chair of its funding campaign. Herbert P. Blake had worked for the Standard Electric Time Company Building as the vice president in charge of sales for several years. The dedication ceremony of Herbert P. Blake Hall took place on October 20, 2006. Now, Herbert P. Blake Hall comprises around 60,000 square feet of classrooms, study areas, academic departments of visual and performing arts, faculty offices, conference rooms, art studios, The Blizard Art Gallery, Springfield College School of Human Services, a videoconferencing room, the Alden Center for Interactive Learning, emergency medical services management, physician assistant, sport management and recreation, and social sciences

Topics: Blake Hall; Springfield College; The Living Center;, Springfield (Mass.);, Automobiles; Parking; Buildings; Fences; Parking lots;
Publisher: Springfield College;
Year: 1994
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