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Photos: Holy Cross Named Among Most Beautiful College Campuses in the Country

Conde Nast Traveler puts Holy Cross on its list for 2018
August 31st, 2018 by 
Fenwick Hall as seen from St. Joseph's Memorial Chapel. Photo by Tom Rettig

Anyone who’s stepped foot on Mount St. James knows one thing for sure: the campus is absolutely stunning, no matter the season. Conde Nast Traveler agrees, as it named Holy Cross one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country.

They said: “Holy Cross looks like it employs a landscaper round the clock to maintain its gorgeous grounds — be it the tiered lawn in front of ivy-covered Fenwick Hall, a 19th-century Revival-style building that houses admissions and is on the National Register of Historic Places, or the tulip-fronted entrance gate in spring. Remember that this is a New England college, though, so it’s at its finest in the fall, when you feel like you should pay a fee just to walk the grounds as the leaves change.”

Here, the places Conde Nast mentioned:

“ … tiered lawn in front of ivy-covered Fenwick Hall … ”

A wide angle shot of the Fenwick quad


“ … tulip-fronted entrance gate in spring … ”

The entrance gate to Linden Lane surrounded by tulips


“ … a New England college … at its finest in the fall … ”

Students walk against a fall-colored tree


While we agree that these are some of the most gorgeous spots on campus, we can think of a few more worth pointing out.

It’s hard to picture Holy Cross without the iconic Fenwick spires, beautiful against a night sky.

The two Fenwick Spires against a night sky


With sky-high columns and grand marble stairs, Dinand Library peeks out from behind a blooming spring tree.

Dinand Library in the spring


An eye-level perspective of the O’Kane clock tower offers a sprawling view of a snow-covered Worcester.

The O'Kane clock tower covered in snow against the Worcester skyline


A glimpse of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel stands out against a wash of bright spring flowers.

A close-up view of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel with bright pink flowers


Nestled in the trees, the Thomas P. Joyce ’59 Contemplative Center erupts with light at night time.

The Thomas P. Joyce '59 Contemplative Center shines bright against the night sky


Characteristic of the remarkable detail found across campus, a window is wrapped in fall-colored ivy.

A window is flanked by fall-colored ivy


Angled from the side, Fenwick Hall looks magical blanketed in snow.

Fenwick Hall in the winter as seen from the St. Joseph Memorial Chapel


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