The 50 Most Beautiful Colleges in America Includes 1 from Delaware County

Swarthmore College Parrish Hall
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As one of the nation’s older communities, Delaware County hosts unique and historic buildings, many of them found at places like Swarthmore College.

One is the stately Parrish Hall that was once the only building at Swarthmore College. Dormitories, classrooms, and the library, writes Stefanie Waldek for

The campus is also home to the Scott Arboretum with gardens stretched throughout the campus.

Swarthmore College came in 7th on a national list of the 50 most beautiful college campuses in America by Architectural Digest.

The college’s oldest building, Parrish Hall was built in 1869. It was destroyed in an 1881 fire and rebuilt.

Today, it houses Admissions, the Dean’s Office, the Post Office, and the President’s Office on the first two floors with residence hall rooms above.

College campuses are made up of multiple buildings, making them architectural gems, Waldek writes.

U.S. colleges built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were often part of the Collegiate Gothic movement, giving a unified style to campuses.  It drew its design from historic English buildings, but also Federal, neoclassical and Romanesque movements.

Landscape designs, like Swarthmore’s arboretum, were also prevalent,  from natural woodlands to manicured quads.

Read to see the entire list of selected colleges.