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History of Choate Rosemary Hall

Grit & Determination 1915-1940


1909
St. Bede’s Chapel

Rosemary Hall girls toted stones from an adjoining farm for the Chapel foundation. Rosemarians conducted daily chapel services in their uniforms, including tams. Names of former graduates are painted in gold in the rafters. The Chapel’s stained glass windows, imported from London, are world class.


1920
Caroline Ruutz-Rees and the 19th Amendment

Securing a woman's right to vote was a longtime cause of Headmistress Caroline Ruutz-Rees who was a member the Connecticut Woman Suffrage Association. She petitioned, picketed, and published to persuade the Connecticut General Assembly to ratify the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

1921
Memorial House

Memorial House, one of three Georgian-style buildings on campus, was completed in 1921 and dedicated to the memory of the 15 Choate boys who had died in W.W.I It was designed by Francis Waterman as a mirror image of Hill House.


1929
Archbold Infirmary

Designed by Ralph Adams Cram, architect of the Chapel, Archbold Infirmary opened in 1929. It was a full-sized hospital with round the clock staff. Students waiting for medical attention could be found in the Solarium, part of the present day Admission Office.

1925
The Choate Chapel

The Chapel was designed by Ralph Adams Cram and completed in 1925, providing a spiritual center on campus.


Rosemary Hall Potato Planting WWI

To support the war effort, each girl had a portion of ground sufficient for 25 hills which she then cultivated through the potato season.