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Exploring the History of Phillips Exeter Academy through Old Photos

Explore the history of Phillips Exeter Academy near Boston, Massachusetts through old photos taken in 1883. Learn about its first Academy Building, Abbot Hall, a dorm room and Gorham Hall. View the current building on Google Street View.
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Here’s a cool old photo from a prep school up in New Hampshire, near Boston. This is Phillips Exeter Academy‘s Abbot Hall. The photos is labeled as 1883.

Abbot Hall taken in 1883

This photos shows the first Academy Building. It was opened for use in 1783 on Tan Lane. In 1891, it was refurbished and repurposed as a faculty club.

The first Academy Building

This is the second Academy Building in a photo taken in 1883.

Second Academy Building

Below is the third Academy Building. The building that serves this purpose today is the fourth. The building below was destroyed by a devastating fire in 1914.

The third Academy Building

Below is a photo of a dorm room in Abbot Hall, room number 12. It’s a safe bet that the room doesn’t look like this today.

Abbot Hall room 12

Below is a photo of Gorham Hall, no longer a dormitory at the school.

Gorham Hall in Exeter, New Hampshire

Below is what we believe to be the building today on Google Street View.

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Source: Internet Archive

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