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Rindge Campus Buildings History

This guide explores the growth of Franklin Pierce University's Rindge campus over the past 50 years.

Campus Timeline

1962 - Franklin Pierce College is founded by Frank S. DiPietro, the college's first president.

1963 - First class of students enrolls with 97 students.

1964 - The first new dormitory, Crestview, is built; The first Pierce Arrow is published in January.

1965 Monadnock Hall dormitory opens in September; the State of NH authorizes FPC to grant degrees.

1966 - First commencement, April 24, with a graduating class of 23; White House is first women's dormitory; first student magazine entitled Monad.

1967 - Edgewood dormitory built; Library groundbreaking; Ski slope created and Boy Scout cabins moved and made into ski lodge; Sawmill Apartments built.

1968 - College accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC); Fieldhouse construction completed; Granite Hall dormitory completed; WFPR-AM640 on the air.

1969 - Library opens; Ravencroft Theatre opens; Mt. Washington Hall and New Hampshire Hall dormitories open.

1971 - Marcucella Hall dedicated

1973 - Outing Club formed; first graduate program, in Concord--the Franklin Pierce Law Center.

1975 - Walter Peterson becomes Franklin Pierce's second president; Concord campus opens.

1977 - Formation of the Black Student Union; men's soccer is Mayflower Conference champions.

1979 - Keene Campus opens.

1982 - Salem and Dover campuses open; men's basketball Mayflower Conference champions.

1986 - Emily Flint Campus Center opens; FPC athletics accepted into NCAA Division II.

1988 - Mountain View Apartments are constructed.

1989 - Hampshire Court Condominiums purchased for student housing.

1992 - Individual & Community Curriculum (Pierce Plan) is implemented.

1994 - Northwoods Apartments built.

1995 - Walter Peterson retires, and George J. Hagerty becomes the third president of Franklin Pierce College.

1995 - The "Bubble" is inflated.

1997 - Serenity Hill burned by fire departments.

1998 - Portsmouth and Lebanon campuses open.

1998 - Cheshire Hall constructed.

1998 - Pierce Village modular homes installed.

1998 - Bubble deflated for 3 days after vandals slice fabric.

1999 - FPC joins the Northeast 10 athletic conference.

1999 - FPC re-accredited by NEASC.

2001 - Bubble deflated and destroyed by a heavy storm, then rebuilt.

2002 - Marlin Fitzwater Center opens.

2004 - Manchester campus opens.

2004 - Sodexho Soccer Field created.

2005 - Pappas Baseball Field dedicated.

2006 - MBA program in partnership with Luhansk Univ., Ukraine.

2006 - Campus Center renovated; Pierce Hall created.

2007 - Franklin Pierce College becomes Franklin Pierce University.

2007 - College Road renamed University Drive.

2008 - White House is removed; Petrocelli Hall is created.

2009 - James F. Birge becomes the fourth president of Franklin Pierce University.

2009 - Wood pellet boilers installed at the west side dorms and the Bubble.

2012 - Pappas Health Science Center opens.

2012 - General & Liberal Education curriculum replaces I&C.

2012 - Pierce Hall renamed Spagnuolo Hall.

2012 - 50th anniversary of the founding of Franklin Pierce College.

2013 - Peterson Hall renamed Peterson Manor.

2014 - Alumni Lounge renamed "Marulli Welcome Center" and Presidential Offices renamed "Marulli Presidential Suite."

2015 - Andrew Card becomes the fifth president of Franklin Pierce University.

2015 - Warehouse Theater/Dance Studio renamed Yvonne S. Boice Performing Arts Center.

2015 - Ravencroft Theatre demolished.

2016 - Crestview demolished.

2016 - Kim Mooney (FPC alumna, Class of '83) becomes the sixth president of Franklin Pierce University.

2017 - Lloyd & Helen Ament Astmann '69 Career Center rededicated.

2018 - Monadnock Hall renovated and repurposed for College of Business; Library Café and patio established.

2019 - President Mooney and her husband Greg Walsh move into Pearly House, the newly constructed presidential home.

Campus history

Franklin Pierce College formed around the Manor, a large structure on the hill overlooking Pearly Pond.  The initial 90 students at the college were housed in Rindge Center in the old Rice family homestead, next to the public library. This was known as the "Center Dorm." The carriage shed in Rindge Center was also used by the college, which constructed eight classrooms in it.  The town generously offered the use of the public library and school gymnasium, despite the "menacing" threat of questionable morals and activities of college students. The Rindge Town Hall was used by the college, and the Rindge Elementary School gym was used for intramural sports. Physical education classes were held at the Winchendon High School gym.  Classes were mostly held in Rindge Center, but some were held in the Manor. Students were bused back and forth. The enrollment for the fall semester 1963 was 97, and there were 9 members of the faculty and administration.

The original property purchased by Frank DiPietro was a 216-acre site overlooking Pearly Pond. There were originally four buildings on the campus, all wooden structures.  DiPietro paid $30,000 for the property. Over the course of the next few years, an additional 255 acres of land was acquired, and four dormitories, a student union, a cafeteria, and a field house were constructed.  In 1966, a master plan outlined hopes for a library, student union, 7 dormitories, two physical education centers (one male and one female), a fine arts center, an interfaith chapel, an auditorium, and an arts and sciences building.  In 1967, ground was broken for the construction of the Library, and in 1968, funding was secured for the construction of two additional dormitories.  Enrollment in September 1968 was 900 and there were 150 faculty, administration, and staff.

In 1999, a stone wall was constructed during the summer at the intersection of College Road and Mountain Road. It included a large granite replica of the College seal. During the summer of 2000, the academic mall at the northwest corner of campus was graded and irrigated. An outdoor amphitheater was created.

 In the early 2000s, the campus consisted of 1200 acres, comprised of several ecosystems, as well as the campus proper. The Ecological Conscience Initiative was launched as a means of ensuring campus sustainability, to protect the wildlands around the campus, and to offer outdoor activities. 

Special Events


Rindge is 250! The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript discusses the founding of Franklin Pierce.

On April 6, 1968, FPC celebrated the town of Rindge's bicentennial with a day of dancing, a maypole, cheering, stunts and relays, a fencing demonstration, and a jazz concert.