News Archive 2009-2018

Then and Now: Adams Hall Archives

Click on the image below to see how Adams Hall and Bath Road have changed over the last century.

Seth Adams Hall was built in the early 1860s to house the Medical School of Maine, which was founded at Bowdoin in 1821. Patricia McGraw Anderson writes in her book, The Architecture of Bowdoin College, that “at the time it was built, Seth Adams Hall offered modern spaces, modern equipment, and a totally modern philosophy of teaching sciences. It was also the first solely instructional building at Bowdoin.” But after a devastating review in the early 1900s by medical school investigators, a shrinking faculty body and declining student enrollment due to World War I, and continuing financial losses, the school was shut down in 1921.

On the side of the hall is a wooden grandstand for spectators to watch college baseball games in the adjacent field.

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