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Franklin Pierce University Campus History: Rindge Hall / Clifford Coles 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 Rindge Hall

Rindge Hall was one of the original campus buildings. Reportedly it was part of the farm, probably a barn, constructed in 1880.  It is a wood frame building, and in 1971 was 4,300 square feet. However other documents claim that when George Emory purchased the property in 1920 and built the Manor, he built a carriage house for his horses, and this carriage house became Rindge Hall.

In 1964, the offices of FPC were moved from the "Playbarn" (Rindge Hall) to the Manor.  The old office rooms, on the top floor of the Playbarn, have been converted to dormitory rooms for 5 male students. The Pierce Arrow offices moved from the Manor to the Playbarn.  The Student Council Snack Bar also opened in the Playbarn.  (Pierce Arrow, Feb., 10, 1964) 

In spring 1966, a new language lab was opened and located in Rindge Hall. (Pierce Arrow, 1/27/66)  By late summer, 1966, the Library was to move from Rindge Hall to the Manor. Rindge Hall, used for administrative offices, was due to expand with the business office and admissions on the ground floor. By fall of 1966, the language lab moved to the Manor.

Rindge Hall, housing Admissions and Financial Aid, was renovated in 1990. The former barn was updated, but care was taken to retain its original character.  Two new entrances were added, and the building was made handicapped accessible. (Pierce Arrow, 9/6/90). Other work included installing new windows, insulation and interior walls. During the renovation workers found feeding troughs in the floor, left from its original use as a barn. (Monadnock Ledger, 9/20/90)

On Alumni Weekend, 2013, Rindge Hall was renamed "Clifford Coles Hall" in honor of Dean Coles, who joined the college in 1964 as dean of academic affairs, and subsequently became "Mr. Franklin Pierce." Coles was a scientist, teacher, mentor, and an integral part of the college for many years.


Archival Resources:

College Buildings Box CB1

 Monadnock Ledger:


Pierce Arrow:





Pierce Magazine

Winter 1984

Fall 1990