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Walker Evans, Everett Quadrangle, 1941. © Copyright Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Walker Evans, Dorm Room, 1940. © Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Walker Evans captured many of Wheaton's Georgian Revival style dormitories during his time on campus, including Everett Hall, which can be viewed in the first two photographs. Evans also gives viewers the opportunity to see a student’s room in Everett, which is personalized by its occupant. This photograph is one of the few images in the series that give signs of students inhabiting the college campus, but the image was left out of the published Wheaton College Photographs.

Walker Evans, Cragin Hall and Emerson Hall, 1940. © Copyright Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.Walker Evans, Hebe Court, 1940. © Copyright Walker Evans Archive, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In the third photograph one can view Evans' photograph of Cragin Hall and Emerson Hall. These buildings are connected by an overhang, and Evans highlights the buildings' relationship through the linear composition of the photograph. Evans also photographed Kilham Hall and the Hebe Parlors, both of which had been completed in 1931. Hebe physically connects Kilham and Metcalf residence halls and, at the time of Evans’ visit to campus, it housed thirteen parlors for the residents of Kilham and Metcalf to entertain their guests. Through the photograph, Evans illustrates the original relationship between Kilham and Hebe, which were constructed two years prior to Metcalf.

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