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COLLEGE NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR I NFORMATION NEWS RELEASE: Tuesday, July 21, P.M. and Wednesday, July 22, A.M. Symbolic of the unity of scholarship at New College, students, faculty and friends of the college Tuesday combined to break ground for its first campus construction. Earth was turned by President George F. Baughman, Trustees David Lindsay, jr. and Benton W. Powell, Provost and Dean Dr. John Charter W. Gustad,/Class students Muriel Sauls and Tom Sanford, Bert Bro-smith, representing architect I. M. Pei, and contractor James A. Knowles. The Rev. w. R. First Congregational Christian Church of Bradenton, whose group played a major role in founding the non-sectarian, private gave the invocation and prayer for the success of the college. Dr. George Curry, Professor of History, brought greetings from New College, OXford. Friends and supporters of the collegewere represented by Royals. Kellogg. The milestone event was honored by greetings from President Lyndon B. Johnson, who telegraphed: Dr. Baughmant "I am pleased to extend my congratulations to you and to the sponsors of New College on this inspiring occasion. After three years of intensive planning, New College has reached the thres-hold of an educational endeavor that I am confident will be of immense significance both to Florida and the nation. I wish all
concerned with New College every success in your important work." Additional greetings were received from Governor Farris Bryant and U. S. Rep. James A. Haley. Governor Bryant said in part: "Florida can well be proud to have a college which provides an individualized curriculum and seeks to inculcate into its student body a continuing dedication to learning.u Congressman Haley said: "I congratulate you and your associates on bring New College into reality and I wish you every success in the future." Edward Baxter of Housing and Horne Finance Agency sent congratulations and best wishes with a promise to make a visit. The first phase of construction is a $1.8 million residential complex for the student body. Designed by I. M. Pei, it will be part of a projected $15 million "environment for learning," a contemporary campus, completely planned as a residential college. The buildings will be located on the east side of the Tamiami Trail between Bradenton and Sarasota, facing the famous Ringling Museums. The design is inspired by a Mediterranean village, with residences grouped around a central plaza and interior courtyards. The buildings and plaza will be elevated above their surroundings and will be framed by the towering Australian pines which are native to the 20 acre site of the East Campus. James A. Knowles (more)
, was low bidder on the first phase of the campus, which has been provided financing by the Housing and Home Finance Agency, Community Facilities Administration. The St. Petersburg contractor expected to have the buildings for the first of students ready for occupancy in January 1965. Meanwhile, the college is providing interim housing for the Charter Class entering in September at the Landmark. Architect Pei, internationally known for his campus and urban designs on three continents was the unanimous choice of an architectural selection committee which studied architectural firms for a year. He was appointed last Semptember and set to work immediately. Second phase of the campus program are the dining, assembly and office areas of the East Campus, to be set for bids in the near future.