West College

Named for West Township

931 Main Street
16,296 Sq. Ft.

West College, 2012
West College, 2012

About West College

In his last will and testament (1755), Col. Ephraim Williams stipulated that funds not otherwise distributed “Shall be Appropriated towards the Support and maintenance of a free School (in a township west of fort Massachusetts, Commonly Called the west township) for Ever.” West College honors the original name of the town.

Built in 1790, West College is the oldest building on the Williams campus. At one time providing living quarters, a dining hall, a library, and a chapel for all of its students, West College now serves as a quiet haven in the middle of campus. Although the interior has been reconstructed due to fire and various renovations, the shell of the building is original.

A favorite spot for seniors who like quiet space, West has 36 single and nine double rooms, hardwood floors, a full kitchen, and a large living room. West is part of the Spencer Neighborhood.

Major Construction History

Date Project Cost
1790 Built
1855 Remodeled: central door removed, north and south doors added
1904 Remodeled: north door removed
1952 Rebuilt (burned Jan. 2, 1951)
Architect: Perry, Shaw, Hepburn, Kehoe and Dean
1999 Renovation and refurbishment
Architect: Primary Group