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Franklin Pierce University Campus History: Hampshire Court Condos / Trailers / Cabins

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.

Business Department

In September 2016, the Business Department moved to a modular structure in the footprint of the old Crestview building.

 

 

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History of Short-term Buildings

Hampshire Court Condominium Complex

The Hampshire Court Condominium Complex was purchased in 1989. The complex was located across Route 119. (Pierce Magazine, Spring 1998).

In fall of 1989, returning students had the choice to live in the condos. They were furnished townhouses, with washers and dryers, and accommodated 6-8 residents in each.  The campus was five minutes from the condos, which were located across 119 from the college entrance.  Students were glad to have college housing that was off-campus, but had some issues with dim lighting in parking lots.  (Pierce Arrow, 9/19/89)  In 1990, students complained about the lack of lighting at Hampshire Courts.

In 1990 the complex received four new tennis courts, an expanded parking lot, and new lights. (Pierce Arrow, 9/6/90)

In 1993, in-coming students were finding themselves in crowded quarters, and due to confusion in res. life, the infamous Condo 20 situation occurred. Condo 20 was found to be a coed condo, which caused a great scandal at the time, with rumors that residents were using gender-separate entrances. The rumor could not be confirmed.  (Pierce Arrow 9/9/93)

In 1994, four condos were re-tiled and re-carpeted. These were the most damaged condos. Three other condos were partially restored. (Pierce Arrow 9/21/94)

With the closing of Serenity Hill in 1995, the substance-free program was relocated to Condo 9. (Pierce Arrow, 5/4/95)

In 1997, Hampshire Court was cleaned up, after repeated visits from the Board of Health and Safety. Rat infestation was dealt with, and the "general filth" and "deplorable" conditions were improved.  Many condo residents made a considerable effort to clean up their areas. (Pierce Arrow, 5/6/1997)

In 1998, the Hampshire Court septic system was repaired. In December, mice had infested Hampshire Court, due in part to students leaving litter and food outside, having broken windows, and doors left ajar. A mouse-catching competition was proposed by resident entrepreneurs, who offered five dollars to the person who caught the most mice, although the Dean of Students recommended poison as a solution.  (Pierce Arrow, 12/9/98)

By 2000, noise at Hampshire Court had become a problem. Social gatherings and loud bass had caused a number of complaints. (Pierce Arrow, 10/11/2000)

In 2002, the Hampshire Court Condos were proposed for a co-ed living option.  The plan was for two to three condos to convert to co-ed options, with an application process. (Pierce Arrow, 3/14/02)

 

It was later sold.

Trailers - First Generation

In 1987, the first generation of 14 trailers were moved to a temporary manufactured home village behind the large parking area by the fieldhouse, called North Woods.  They held 60 students, and were brought in to handle a record number of students.  The trailers were placed on sites "carved out of the wooded area to give it a New Hampshire appearance." The trailers were due to be removed in July of 1988 when Mountain View apartments were due to be constructed. (Pierce Magazine, Fall 1987) However, although Mountain View was ready, the college needed to retain the trailers for one more year. (Pierce Magazine, Fall 1988)

In 1990 the College purchased a fleet of trailers to serve as student housing. They were located near the Bubble.

 

Trailers - Pierce Village


In 1998, high numbers of students seeking housing led to the creation of Pierce Village. These "modular homes" were located between Northfields Activity Center (Bubble) and the Mountain View Apartments.  Each modular home contained four residents, with two double bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, and living room. There were 15 modular homes in all. The homes had phones, refrigerators, and microwaves.  (Pierce Arrow, 9/23/98)

In 2002, proud residents of Pierce Village lobbied for a sign identifying the village.  Citing the fact that the village didn't appear on campus maps and wasn't depicted on the college website, they advocated a little respect for their humble quarters. (Pierce Arrow, 11/20/02)

In Summer, 2008, units thirteen through fifteen were removed from Pierce Village. The temporary village had existed longer than expected, and some wear and tear was evident. The open area got a facelift, with a couple picnic tables.  More thought was given to removing all the trailers. At the time, the number was down to 12. (Pierce Arrow, 8/30/08)

Pierce Village was no more at the start of fall semester 2010. It was getting harder to replace utilities at the trailers, and the units were old. Many students were disappointed at the thought of no more trailers, as they like the independence of living there. (Pierce Arrow 4/22/09)

Cabins


The cabins were located near the North Woods trailers. By 1995, they had been left out of room draw, as they needed a number of repairs, housed few students, and were expensive to maintain. (Pierce Arrow, 5/4/95)

Resources

Archival Resources:

Campus Buildings Box CB1

Campus Buildings Box CB11

Pierce Arrow:

9/19/1989

2/22/1990

9/6/1990

9/21/1994

5/4/1995

5/6/1997

3/3/1998

9/23/1998

12/9/1998

10/11/2000

3/14/2002

11/20/2002

8/30/2008

4/22/2009

 Pierce Magazine:

Fall 1987

Fall 1988

Spring 1998