Carleton College: Town and Gown

Like the Town and College Beginnings tour, Town and Gown focuses on the relationship between Northfield and Carleton College. While the first tour showed how the college and town grew up alongside each other, this walk among more contemporary campus buildings reveals the smooth philosophical and physical transition between academia and “the real world.” The townhouses, which are apartment-style housing, offer upperclassmen a greater degree of autonomy and independence that prepares them to take the remaining steps that lead to Division Street and into the future.

Medical Arts Building

Controversy flared up in the summer of 1992 when local doctor Stanley T. Kucera had a striking mural painted on the side of the Medical Arts Building. Kucera had moved to Northfield in 1939. Nine years later, he had built the Medical Arts Building…

The Town Houses

The nine townhouses along Highway 19 look, from a distance, like traditional late-nineteenth century houses. Built on the side of a hill, they contain a lower apartment for one student in the basement, complete with kitchen, bathroom, and living…

Laird Stadium

Laird Stadium, with a seating capacity of 7,500 for football and outdoor track meets, is one of the largest NCAA Division III stadiums in the country. When it was built in 1927, there was some thought that Carleton would join the Big Ten conference,…

West Gymnasium

On September 3, 2006, Carleton student and varsity swim team captain Ted Mullin lost his battle with sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. Beloved by students and faculty alike, he was completely invested in college life. He exhibited a strength and love…