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Franklin Pierce University Campus History: Marcucella 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 Marcucella Hall

In 1969, the trustees approved construction of a new science center. In January, 1970, it was announced that Macmillin had won the bid Marcucella Hall was built from March 1970-February 1971. It was dedicated on May 23, 1971. It was built by the Macmillin Company of Keene, and designed by J. Robert Hillier, Architect, Princeton, N.J.  It was awarded the New Jersey Society of Architects commendation, 1970.

Donations were also received from Stella Fogelman, whose portrait hangs in the entryway.  The building was named after Marcucella, president of Volpe Construction Company of Boston. When constructed, Marcucella was a 31,500 square foot building with 14 laboratories, 12 offices, and 13 classrooms. The building cost was $1,085,963.00.

In 1982 the Computer Center was expanded and relocated from the Library Resource Center to Marcucella Hall. (Pierce Arrow 9/10/82)

In 1985, a seminar room and three new science department classrooms were constructed in Marcucella.

In 1992, a new computer lab and a student lounge were added, as well as a sandwich vending machine.  Entrances were carpeted and stairways redone. (Pierce Arrow, 9/3/92)

In 2010, a student-led initiative to brighten Marcucella 101 created a mural along the walls of that lecture hall. The SGA polled students on which of six designs should be painted, and the winning design passed through the SGA process. It was painted during spring break. The design chosen represents the allegory of the cave, and the school motto. (Pierce Arrow, 4/1/10)




Archival Resources:

Campus Buildings Box CB1

Campus Buildings Box CB5

Pierce Arrow:






Pierce Magazine

Fall 1985