Newnham College, Cambridge, by Basil Champneys (1842-1935). From 1874-c.1910. Image scanned from "Review of the Architectural Work of Basil Champneys, B. A.," p. 52. Here, Champneys used the Queen Anne style that he currently favoured for domestic architecture, complete with picturesque bow and oriel windows and dormers, believing that women's colleges should be "of a more domestic character," and adopting what he called the "Domestic Collegiate" style. In the same paper, delivered at the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1903, he explained that "the scheme as it now stands has been developed piecemeal; has started from small beginnings and grown step by step" (qtd. in Vickery 69). Every new addition, he explained, had seemed to be the last, but had later proved inadequate due to an increase in student numbers — a wonderful sign of the changes in expectation and opportunities for young women, even in this early period.

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"Review of the Architectural Work of Basil Champneys, B. A." Academy Architecture. Vol. 45 (1914): 33-52. Internet Archive. Web. 26 March 2013.

Vickery, Margaret Birney. Building for Bluestocking: The Architecture of Women's Colleges in Late Victorian England. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1999. Print.

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