The Colonnade on the grounds of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972, the Colonnade is the picturesque original Washington College. Washington Hall (1824) is at its center, and it is flanked by Payne Hall (1830) on the left and Chevis Hall (1841) on the right. It is considered one of the nation’s finest assemblages of Classical Greek Revival educational buildings, with Washington Hall being the school’s oldest surviving building.
Washington and Lee University, founded in 1749, was known as Liberty Hall Academy, a struggling fledgling school in 1796 when George Washington’s generous endowment of $20,000 allowed it to survive. Renamed Washington College, Robert E. Lee served as the college’s eleventh president from 1865 to 1870, providing innovative educational leadership during his tenure.
Washington and Lee University is the ninth oldest institution of higher education in America.
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March 12th, 2020
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