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College Dormitories Were Much, Much Nicer in 1950

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Welcome back to Monochromes, a Friday mini-series wherein Curbed delves deep into the Library of Congress's photographic annals, resurfacing with an armful of old black-and-white photos of architecture and interior design of yesteryear. Have a find you want to share? Hit up the tipline; we'd love to hear from you.


Here's yet more evidence that the college dorms of yesteryear were outrageously, fist-clenchingly nice: 1950 photos of the Lafayette College's Jessie Kirby Dormitory, which not only had wallpaper and to-the-floor drapery, but also fireplaces in the library, the "rumpus room," and the dining hall—which, by the way, featured wooden captain's chairs. There are leather-tufted chairs, framed art on the walls, and a freaking vase in the foyer. Beats the bleak, popcorn-ceiling'd digs most college students in 2014 have to deal with, that's for sure. More photos, snagged from the Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, are below.

· Lafayette College, Jessie Kirby Dormitory [Gottscho-Schleisner Collection, Library of Congress]
· Here Now, Fabulous Vintage Dorm Photos from 1904 On [Curbed National]
· All Monochromes posts [Curbed National]
· All Dwelling posts [Curbed National]
· All 1950s posts [Curbed National]