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Franklin Pierce University Campus History: Cheshire Hall

Franklin Pierce University was founded in 1962 on the shores of Pearly Pond in Rindge, New Hampshire. This guide explores the growth of the campus over the past 50 years.



History of Cheshire Hall

Cheshire Hall was constructed in 1998 to serve as sophomore housing. It was intended to be a 129-unit suite-style dormitory. It is three stories high, and 34,000 square feet.  It also contains a conference room on the third floor.

In March 1998, the college succeeded in offering a $33.9 million bond.  $8.1 million of the bond was used to finance construction of Cheshire Hall and other projects on campus. Before construction could begin, Roach Hill was leveled.

Cheshire Hall opened in September 1998 to good reviews.  Despite some amenities not yet ready -- bathroom doors, telephones, cable tv, washer/dryers -- students were excited to move into the new suites. Each suite was a cross between a dorm and an apartment, with a common area with kitchen and living room.  Each 12-person suite had a community bathroom, living room, and small kitchen with microwave, sink, and refrigerator, but no stove or oven.  The buliding had three floors and ten suites.  (Pierce Arrow, 9/23/98)

Housing options for 2005-6 included an opportunity to receive a discount  for certain room choices. There were ten triples at Cheshire that qualified for this discount. (Pierce Arrow, 4/13/2005)



Campus Buildings Box CB11

Pierce Magazine

v.16, no. 1 Spring 1998

Pierce Arrow





Franklin Pierce Accomplishments, 1996-2000