The Washington Gladden Boathouse, on the shore of Lake Massasoit at the bottom of Rally Hill, was completed on March 19, 1901. The building behind them is believed to be the Administration Building. At the request of Mr. Frank Beebe of Holyoke, who donated the materials for the boathouse, the structure was named after his friend, Reverend Washington Gladden. Plans for the boathouse were prepared by Mr. J. Claude Armstrong (class of 1903), a master carpenter was secured and Dr. F. N. Seerley, was chosen to leader the construction. At the request of the student workers, two weeks of the academic year were set aside to build the boathouse. A tradition in the College’s early years was for students to volunteer on school projects. The boathouse project is believed to be the first “Work Day” on Springfield College’s campus, a tradition which has since evolved and today is known as “Humanics in Action.” The completed building was two-stories and fifty-three feet by twenty-nine feet. The boathouse was dedicated on June 18, 1902, during Commencement. J. H. McCurdy developed a list of rules so that all students and faculty could have safe and equal access to the boats. The boathouse served for years as the College’s center for aquatics instruction.
A facsimile of this image was found with an SC number (SC18887) and a note saying that it was scanned from a glass negative. However, no glass negative can be found and the facsimile is identical to the lantern slide. We do not know whether the facsimile was made from the lantern slide or from a glass negative that is now missing. The SC file was not large enough to justify keeping and was discarded in January 2014.
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