"The world is a smiling place because it is so beautiful and powerful.
But more beautiful is the one who made it.
More radiant and more powerful is the one who formed it.
Sweeter by far is the one who fashioned it."
Sermon 158, 7.7
The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries represent a period of
impressive growth at Villanova. In 1895 the college, under the presidency of
Reverend Lawrence A. Delurey, O.S.A., D.D., decided to usher in the new century with a
vast building project. Work began in 1899 on a new monastery and on a large new
College Hall (now Tolentine Hall). Two presidents of the United States
visited the campus, former President Grover Cleveland for the commencement
of 1902 and President William Howard Taft for the commencement of 1910. Villanova's School of Technology opened in 1905, and four years later
granted its first degree in engineering. By 1905 the college could
boast of 213 students, more than twice the number of just a dozen years
Link to Exhibit Items
- Reverend Lawrence A. Delurey, O.S.A., D.D.
- The 1898 Barn at Villanova burned down in 1916
- Ruins of old barn after fire of 3 September
- The hot house south of old barn after the
fire of 3 September 1898.
- Ticket to
Julius Caesar, 18 June 1898
55th Annual Commencement and Golden Jubilee of the Incorporation, 20 June 1898
- A panorama of "Fedigan's
57th Annual Commencement and the Laying of the Corner Stone of the New College, (Main
College Hall), 19 June 1900
- Gymnasium in New College Hall (later
Tolentine Hall), c1902.
College Calendar, 1908
Thomas of Villanova Church from the south, 1907.
- Auditorium, New College Hall (later
- Dining Room, Main College Hall (later
- Physics Lab in New College Hall
- Chemistry Lab in New College Hall
- "New" College Hall begun in
- Tolentine Hall, originally called College
Hall and later Mendel Hall.
- "Rules for the Students of the
College of St. Thomas of Villanova" 1901
- Mid-Year Examination Schedule 1902
- Mid-Year Examination Schedule,
- Invitation to the 59th Annual
Commencement, 17 June 1902
- Program for the 59th Annual Commencement,
17 June 1902.
- "Old" St. Rita's Hall
- The Grotto
- Campus view from southwest
- Electrical Engineering Laboratory in New College Hall (later Tolentine Hall),
to "A Night with Irish Poets" and "Casey's Trial."
- Invitation to a Lecture on Journalism, 27
- Medallion, College of Engineering
- Invitation to
Villanova College Commencement, 18 June 1910
- Villanova College football team, 1899
- President of the United States, William Howard Taft, 18 June 1910
- Main College
- Grover Cleveland
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