Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Manhattanville Celebrates Sixty Years with the Dedication of Heritage Hall

VirtualGallery bucketsizeSixty years ago, Manhattanville College, then Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, left its home of more than a century on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, and moved 28 miles north to the former estate of newspaper owner and ambassador Whitelaw Reid, in Purchase, New York.

Since then Manhattanville College and its thousands of students and alumni have grown the 100-acre campus into a community and embraced the surrounding suburban area, providing hours of community service and bringing youth and continued prosperity to the neighborhood.

In honor of the College's 60th anniversary in Purchase, Manhattanville is unveiling Phase I of Heritage Hall, celebrating our history and showcasing our growth into a nationally ranked liberal arts college. The ribbon cutting and dedication will take place Friday, October 26, 2012 at 11 a.m. in Reid Castle.

"When Jean and I arrived on campus more than a year ago, we were captivated by the rich history of Manhattanville College," President Jon C. Strauss said. "The 60th anniversary of the College's move to Purchase is a perfect time to celebrate all of the people who make up Manhattanville's past and present, and those who will be a part of its future. This is the ideal moment in time to establish a space on campus that commemorates the College's heritage and we feel privileged to be here for its dedication."

This first section of the hallway documents Manhattanville's early history, from its days as an all-girls Catholic academy on the Lower East Side, to the relocation in the Manhattanville neighborhood that gave Manhattanville its name, and finally the College's move to Purchase in 1952. The rich history of the prestigious Reid Castle is integral to the story of the place where Manhattanville has made its permanent home.

Elected officials are scheduled to attend and present citations in honor of the anniversary.