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Clifton Arc/Historic Ridge Sector



Ensuring the viability of historic features, a main priority of the university is the integration of new landscape spaces suitable for the engagement of students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

In Sector 1 the Clifton Arc/Historic Ridge Sector, buildings and landscape are almost over 100 years old.  The first buildings were located on the historic ridge to the east of the McMicken Circle. They included McMicken Hall and Van Wormer Hall (currently the oldest building on campus). In the 1930’s, Blegen Library, Teachers College, Dyer Hall and Taft Hall (College of Law) were built along the ridge.

The buildings orient toward Clifton Avenue where originally the streetcar provided transportation to most of the students. Though the streetcar is gone, this entrance is still one of the most primary pedestrian entrances into campus.


The university’s landscape sponsorship campaign has inspired many contributors to give their time and money to create new landscape spaces. This funding enables us to maintain our beautiful campus as well as plant new trees. The recent tree plantings are indicated by the stars on the map to the left.  The following links provide more information about the donors and the dedications.

Tree Gifts and Donors

Photos of Celebration

News Record Articles:

Tree Planting, Donations Mark Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian-Americans Tree Planting