Artifacts & Documents: Pictures and Paintings

Octagon and Woods Cabinet

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The Octagon at Amherst College was built in 1847-1848, its shape specifically requested by the college's president, Edward Hitchcock. The building housed the Woods Cabinet of scientific specimens and an observatory. In 1855, a geology classroom and gallery were added.

c. 1875
Courtesy of:
Buildings and Grounds Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College