These images, taken between the 20th century and the 1950s, show how student housing has changed in America over the past hundred or so years.
Students used a vivid combination of vintage decorations, collegiate pennants, high school diplomas, family pictures and advertisements to decorate their walls.
Why is campus living so prevalent in the United States, and how do residence hall designs reflect American educational and social ideals? Carla Yani addresses these questions in Living on Campus, a history of structures built to house students on American campuses.
The architecture of the hostel, he argues, "provides a lens through which the socially constructed nature of the student can be examined".
Examining the designs of residence halls reveals how Americans have used these spaces to uphold values about the "segregation of race, social classes and gender" held by beneficiaries, administrators, architects, students, and society at large. Planned.