Phillips Exeter Academy
Phillips Exeter Academy
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD10,075 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We stopped here today to see the Academy Library built in 1971 and designed by Luis Kahn. He works in International Modernism and this structure is a bold cube of bricks 111’/side and 80’ tall. We especially wanted to see its dramatic central hall and interior double staircase but a sign outside said the pathways and facilities of the academy were closed due to Covid. We did see the exterior of the 1914-1930 Academy Building, the 1895 Phillips Church and the 1856 Town Hall in this very pretty and accessible historic town.
Written June 11, 2021
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI1,070 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Always in search of great architecture, we stopped at the Phillips Exeter Academy campus in Exeter, New Hampshire to see the 1972 Louis Kahn-designed Library, the largest library on a secondary school campus in the country. We parked for free on the street a few yards away. The imposing Class of 45 Library has no equal on this campus with buildings dating 100 years and older, even back to the late 1700s. Surrounded by a huge lawn scattered with trees, the Library stands five storeys tall, starting with an arcade at ground level and topping off with an open-air storey. The brickwork is amazing. The brick piers are wide at the bottom and narrow as it heads to the top. The wood panels beneath windows resemble a shelf of books. The interior is stunning (based on photos I've seen) and definitely worth a visit; unfortunately access to the interior is limited (imagine the number of architecture enthusiasts who might enter the library on any given day); check the Library website for its visitor policy which notes the days each month that visitors are required to register in advance of their visit. Before leaving campus, I checked out the building adjacent to the library as it appeared to be constructed of the same brick and in a similar style. Sure enough, the Elm Street Dining Hall also designed by Louis Kahn. We enjoyed our short visit to the Phillips Exeter Academy campus!
Written June 9, 2023
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George K
40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
Whether you're visiting the campus with a prospective student or just passing by, take the time to visit the library - an architectural wonder - and the other academic buildings on campus. Don't be surprised when students you pass on the paths greet you cheerily - it's sincere. This is an extraordinary place.
Written January 24, 2017
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Bills_Journal
Hampton, NH184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
Phillips Exeter Academy is an institution that you should take some time to visit if you are able to do so. The historic buildings will amaze you with their incredible architecture. As you walk along the campus and throughout the buildings, you'll immerse yourself in some deep history that goes back farther than the days of Abraham Lincoln. New England is filled with tons of history from the early settlers, and much of it occurred at the Academy. Take the time to experience PEA.
Written April 13, 2013
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Michael M
Lexington, MA198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016
PEA is an elite private high school; most of the students live on the campus. The campus is huge, and the architecture is both classical and modern. The most notable building is a stunning library designed by the famous architect Louis Kahn famous for its dramatic atrium with enormous circular openings. The campus is located in the center of Exeter, New Hampshire, which is a charming small New England town with quaint shops and a variety of restaurants.
Written February 8, 2016
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thxsparrow
New Hampshire220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
those that survive here certaily find university level studies a piece of cake. A lovely campus and one of the oldest and best in the country.
Written July 4, 2012
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Camperzzzz
Ohio158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
Looks more like a college campus, and has nice architecture. We drove quite a long way to get here to drop our son off at a week-long math workshop that he got a scholarship to attend. My son stayed in the dorms and had a wonderful time--he would like to attend another workshop in the future. It was nice for us to visit this historic school, and getting him here was just the push we needed to see/do some nice things in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.
Written July 12, 2017
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Tom D
Orebro, Sweden592 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
I just visited Exeter on a reunion meeting. From the time I went to Exeter 55 years ago many things have changed. First of all when I went there it was strictly boys only. Today it is coeducational which makes quite a difference from before. All positive. I came to Exeter from Sweden where I was used to boarding schools. However, Exeter was different in a very positive way. In retrospect I would without doubt name Phillips Exeter the absolute finest and best School in America and possible the best in the World. The Harkness teaching system is outstanding in its way of making students understand the greatness of learning.
I spent my best year of school at Exeter.
Absolute great!!
Written May 13, 2017
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Susan R
Exeter, NH166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
What can I say. We moved here because of Phillips Exeter and it didn't disappoint. The school is like a college and really makes the town of Exeter what it is. Many of the resources of the school are available to the community like lectures, music and plays. I wish my daughter could've gone for eight years instead of just four.
Written November 28, 2015
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Murray M
Exeter, NH8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015
Our daughter attended for 4 years and her focus, sociability, leadership and personality improved exponentially....graduated 2015...on to a great university.
Tough, but an experience to be obtained if at all possible...scholarships available. We got involved... joined the parents leadership committee.
Written October 20, 2015
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