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America's Most Beautiful College Libraries: Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library

Courtesy of Vassar College

Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

A majestic façade of Germantown stone trimmed in ornately carved Indiana limestone opens into one of Vassar’s most memorable spaces. The massive stained-glass Cornaro Window illuminates the library’s main hall; it portrays Elena Lucrezia Cornaro Piscopia, the first woman ever to receive a doctorate, defending her thesis before the scholars of Padua. Her garb of gray and rose satin, the college’s original colors, symbolizes the rise of women’s higher education at Vassar.

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