Almost every day, I see this hallway in Bulfinch Hall, the English building at Phillips Academy. As you’ve probably figured out by now, I attend Phillips Academy. I am currently finishing up my junior year. To celebrate my last month of blogging for the Andover Historical Society, I’m going to write about my favorite thing: my campus. Welcome to PA Month on the Photo of the Week blog!
Surprisingly, a guy named Bulfinch did not build this hall. Charles Bulfinch, an iconic Boston architect, designed the Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. One of Bulfinch’s students, Asher Benjamin, designed this hall and built it in 1819. Before holding the English department, Bulfinch Hall was a dining area and a gym. Renovations took place last year to make room for more classroom space. I hope the inside gets a paint job, because right now this hallway is bright pink.
This photo shows the debate room in the background, often used for presentations and movies. The rug in the forefront of the photo leads to the main entrance, although I hardly use this door. Most students use the side door, which follows the rug on the left. Also to the left are the stairs, which lead to multiple classrooms on the top floor. The basement also houses a few classrooms. Bulfinch is one of the oldest structures on campus, and certainly one of the most beautiful, too.