Crafting the Educational Environment: Dormitories
Bryn Mawr founder Joseph W. Taylor (1810-1880) called upon architect Addison Hutton (1834-1916) to design the college's first two major structures: Taylor Hall, named for the aforementioned founder and designated as a general administrative, academic, and library space; and Merion Hall, the inaugural dormitory. Merion's appropriation of using vernacular elements and materials invited comparisons to the halls of other contemporary noted women's colleges but distinguished itself in its attention to privacy, a trait that was unique to Bryn Mawr's student spaces. 
Several years later, M. Carey thomas enlisted Philadelphia architects Walter Cope (1860-1902) and John Stewardson (1858-1896) to design addition buildings for the school. Radnor hall, their first project, rejected the cottage system favored by fellow women's institutions and was placed in the center of the campus.  Radnor was followed by Denbigh Hall, a long L-shaped structure accented with bay windows and stretched along the campus perimeter, and Pembroke Hall, which was divided into East and West by a grand arched entryway perpendicular to Taylor Hall. Cope and Stewardson then created Rockefeller, their final Bryn Mawr dormitory, with yet another arch (this one optimizing pedestrian traffic) and a form that emphasized Pembroke's linearity. These latter three dorms created covert courtyards as a result of their relative positions to other campus edifices.
 Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. Alma Mater: Design and Experience of Women's Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s. 1st ed. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1984, page 110.
 Horowitz, page 122.