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The most recent master plan for Wellesley College was completed in 1998 by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.According to the designers, this plan was intended to restore and recapture the original landscape character of the campus that had been partially lost as the campus evolved through the 20th century.The 500-acre (200 ha) campus overlooks Lake Waban, and includes evergreen and deciduous woodlands, and open meadows.Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., Boston's preeminent landscape architect at the beginning of the 20th century, described Wellesley's landscape as "not merely beautiful, but with a marked individual character not represented so far as I know on the ground of any other college in the country".Wellesley is home to 56 departmental and interdepartmental majors spanning the liberal arts, as well as over 150 student clubs and organizations.The college is also known for allowing its students to cross-register at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, Babson College and Franklin W. and its graduates are often recognized as among the most accomplished of any institution and most responsive to fellow alumnae.In 2011, Wellesley was listed by Travel Leisure as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. Stone Tower, housing a 32-bell carillon instrument which is routinely played between classes by members of the Guild of Carillonneurs.Houghton Chapel was dedicated in 1899 in the center of the college campus.
The campus hosted a Naval Reserve Officer Training program during the Second World War and began to significantly revise its curriculum after the war and through the late 1960s.Mc Afee (later Mildred Mc Afee Horton), Margaret Clapp, Ruth M.Adams, Barbara Warne Newell, Nannerl Overholser Keohane (later the president of Duke University from 1993–2004), Diana Chapman Walsh, H. The original architecture of the college consisted of one very large building, College Hall, which was approximately 150 metres (490 ft) in length and five stories in height. From its completion in 1875 until its destruction by fire in 1914, it was both an academic building and residential building.On March 17, 1914, College Hall was destroyed by fire, the precise cause of which was never officially established.The fire was first noticed by students who lived on the fourth floor near the zoology laboratory.
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