Since its founding over a century ago in 1885, Rollins College has been at the center of the Winter Park and Central Florida communities. During those years, Rollins has been at the heart of learning, culture and architectural beauty for the rapidly growing area.
The establishment of Rollins on Lake Virginia provided the perfect location for a truly beautiful campus to unfold. Over the years, the College’s planners have succeeded in combining the man-made beauty of campus buildings with the natural beauty of the lakeside setting. The consistent use of Spanish-Mediterranean architecture has created a sense of harmony and unity that is the essence of the campus.
This tradition of beauty is echoed in the liberal arts mission of the College that seeks to provide for the education of the complete individual—encompassing mind, body and spirit. Rollins blends the past with the present, all the while laying sold ground for the future. The style of the campus buildings and grounds reinforces the College’s ideals and mission at every turn.
At a dinner in 1925 at downtown Orlando’s Angebilt Hotel, Hamilton Holt addressed alumni and friends of the College. Only four weeks into his duties as president, he said, “We shall find the most beautiful buildings of the Mediterranean type in Florida and the architects who create them.”
That same attention to architectural quality has prevailed through the years, resulting in an unusually beautiful college community nestled on the shores of Lake Virginia.