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Remember that time everyone was amazed at how fancy the college dorms were at Lafayette College? Well those photos from 1950 were nothing compared to the sophistication and privilege reeking from these 1934 shots of Yale University's Davenport residential college. The interiors are largely and richly Georgian, with regimented blocks of outdoor light slicing through sash windows and onto dark wood paneling. In other places, like the dining hall, there's a richness and airiness that nearly merges the buildings Gothic exterior with its straightedge Georgian insides. Oh, and let's not even get started on the casual grand piano or abundance of suits and saddle shoes. In case you're wondering, yes, the building still stands, and, what's more, it doesn't even look all that different—except, of course, for the abundance of the suits and saddle shoes.
· Davenport College at Yale University [Library of Congress' Gottscho-Schleisner Collection]
· All Monochromes posts [Curbed National]
· All Dwelling posts [Curbed National]
· All 1930s posts [Curbed National]