Our tour starts at WPI's first building. Dedicated in 1868, it's named for John Boynton, a prosperous tinware manufacturer who founded the University in 1865. Boynton gave his life's savings of $100,000 to create WPI on the condition that the citizens of Worcester provide the land and this building. Boynton Hall was designed by noted architect Stephen Earle (his son, Ralph, would become WPI's sixth president) and built of native granite. Calvert Vaux, who helped lay out New York's Central Park, designed the grounds.
Originally, the building was filled with classrooms and labs. Students applied what they learned in Boynton in the Washburn Shops next door. The towers of these two buildings became a symbol for WPI's unique philosophy of education, the balance of theory and practice. We call it the Two Towers Tradition.
Today, Boynton is WPI's main administration building. Here you will find the president, the provost, business affairs, minority affairs and outreach programs, and development and university relations, among others.