Raymond House (Vassar College)

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Raymond House
Raymond House, Vassar.jpg
Raymond pictured in 2013
General information
LocationPoughkeepsie, New York
CountryUnited States
Coordinates41°41′19″N 73°53′51″W / 41.6885°N 73.8975°W / 41.6885; -73.8975Coordinates: 41°41′19″N 73°53′51″W / 41.6885°N 73.8975°W / 41.6885; -73.8975
Current tenantsVassar College
OwnerVassar College
Technical details
Floor count5
Design and construction
ArchitectFrancis R. Allen

Raymond House is one of five quadrangle residence halls at Vassar College, located in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York. Raymond House was erected in 1897 in response to the popularity of Strong House, and was promptly designed by Francis R. Allen. Named after the second president of Vassar College, John Howard Raymond, this dormitory has five floors and is one of the residence halls that was paid for by the college in entirety.


Due to the immense success of Strong House, built just four years prior, Raymond House was erected in 1897.[1] The dormitory was built at the same time as the nearby Rockefeller Hall.[2] Unlike Strong and Davison Houses, which were funded by money donated to the college by trustee John D. Rockefeller,[3] Raymond was paid for completely by Vassar College.[1] Raymond was the third dormitory built on campus and was named after Vassar's second president, John Howard Raymond. The first cooperative living plan that the college ever offered was in Raymond from its construction until the 1942-1943 academic year.[1] A $115 deduction in annual bill was given to students living in Raymond in exchange for performing housekeeping duties throughout the year.[1]

Architecture and features[edit]

Designed by architect Francis R. Allen, Raymond House is the second of Vassar's five quadrangle dormitories.[4] The red brick dormitory has five floors above ground, as well as a basement. There are two main entrances to the building, one on the east to the quadrangle, and one on the west to the road.[4] The building's name, Raymond House, is inscribed over the dormitory's entrance.[5] The staircase to the west entrance was entirely rebuilt in 2005.[4] The roof of Raymond is made of green slate, and the building contains six chimneys; each with two wythes, or internal flues, of brick and with bluestone caps.[4]

Raymond has a current capacity of 200 students.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Van Lengen & Reilly 2004, p. 85.
  2. ^ Daniels 1996, p. 32.
  3. ^ Daniels 1996, p. 33.
  4. ^ a b c d Platt Byard Dovell White Architects LLP (15 June 2007). "Vassar College Historic Preservation Design Manual" (PDF). Society for College and University Planning. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  5. ^ Horowitz 1985, p. 93.
  6. ^ "Raymond House". Office of Residential Life. Vassar College. Retrieved 14 April 2014.


  • Daniels, Elizabeth A. (1996). Main to Mudd, and More: An Informal History of Vassar College Buildings. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College. ISBN 0-916663-04-3.
  • Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz (1985). Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-century Beginnings to the 1930s (2 ed.). Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 0-87023-869-8.
  • Van Lengen, Karen; Reilly, Lisa (2004). The Campus Guide: Vassar College. New York City: Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 1-56898-349-2.

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