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Franklin Pierce University Campus History

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.

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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 02/10/1964).

In spring 1966, a new language lab was opened and located in Rindge Hall (Pierce Arrow 01/27/1966).  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 handicap accessible (Pierce Arrow 09/06/1990). 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 09/20/1990).

On Alumni Weekend of 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.

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