Monmouth University is privileged to
include two historic buildings on its picturesque campus, both of
which are still used for both academic and administrative purposes.
Woodrow Wilson Hall
Formerly known as Shadow Lawn mansion,
Wilson Hall was built in 1929 at a cost of $10.5 million as the
private residence of former F.W. Woolworth Co. president Hubert
Templeton Parson and his wife Maysie. Philadelphia architect Horace
Trumbauer and his assistant Julian Abele, the first African-American
professional architect, designed the mansion in the neoclassical
French tradition. The construction incorporates limestone quarried in
Bedford, Indiana (also used in the Empire State Building), steel,
concrete, and 50 varieties of Italian marble.
Wilson Hall has been described in
newspapers throughout the world, is featured in many books on
architecture and art, and has been used as backdrop for innumerable
print ads and television commercials. Many visitors also recognize it
as the setting for the 1982 film version of Annie.
In 1978, Wilson Hall was entered in the
National Register of Historic Places. In 1985, the U.S. Department of
the Interior designated it a National Historic Landmark.
Guggenheim Mansion (a wing of the
Monmouth University Library)
The Guggenheim Mansion was originally
the summer home of Murry and Leonie Guggenheim. The building,
completed in 1905, is built in the dignified neoclassical idiom
typical of the Ecole des Beaux Arts, but the general effect is
lightened by a white stucco exterior, wide arcades curving out from
the east and west sides of the buildings, and a predominantly white
interior. The ceilings on the first floor are lofty and numerous
floor-to-ceiling doors and windows allow summer breezes to cool the
rooms. The billiard room and the living room are paneled in chestnut
and walnut respectively. A marble floored central corridor provides
access to all the rooms on the first floor. Photographs of the
cottage interior in its days as a residence show that it was
decorated with restrained good taste rather than extravagance.
In 1978, the Guggenheim Mansion was
entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
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