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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: 1960s

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

1960: College Buys 17 Acres of Land from Children's Home

Citation: “College Buys 17 Acres of Land from Children's Home Children’s Home,” Baldwin-Wallace College News Letter 28, no. 2 (1960): p. 1.

The purchase of 17½ acres of land by Baldwin-Wallace from the Methodist Children's Home of Berea was announced in February by B-W President Alfred B. Bonds, Jr. Joining in the announcement was Dr. George Fallon, chairman of the board of trustees of the Children's Home.

The acquisition represents a 50% increase to the B-W campus and is the largest single land purchase in the College's ll5-year history. Cost of the tract was about $400,000.

Bordering 800 feet of E. Center St. and 940 feet of Maple St. and Eastland Rd., the sale included a 100-room building which was used by Children's Home personnel for staff quarters, general offices, maintenance facilities, and some dining facilities. According to Pres. Bonds the Children's Home will continue to use a portion of the building.

Another area that will be used jointly is the baseball field which was included in the purchase. "The policy relative to the use of the recreation facilities," said Pres. Bonds, "will not be altered by the new owners."

No plans for the use of the land were released by the College but Pres. Bonds stated that he hoped an announcement could be made in the near future.

Pres. Bonds, in commenting on the purchase, said, "This is another step in our long-term 15-million-dollar building program. We had simply run out of desirable land for further expansion. Now we will be able to move forward in a well-integrated fashion and build our facilities in the most efficient manner. This new area will permit us to do the best possible educational job and to arrange our future buildings in an efficient, functional, and economical pattern. We are now in a position to become one of the really outstanding colleges of liberal arts and sciences in the Midwest."