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We’re Diggin’ It


Excavation is well underway and the construction crew has been diggin’ the fall weather. Once the phase is complete, over 40 million pounds of soil will have been removed from the site.


Emmanuel is not only in the heart of the world’s greatest college town—it is an integral part of one of Boston’s most dynamic and growing neighborhoods. The latest issue of Emmanuel’s Magazine explores recent developments in the Fenway and the Longwood Medical and Academic Area (LMA) that are attracting investors and innovators and generating new possibilities for students, both before and after graduation. Click here to read more.


A handful of artifacts were unearthed during the demolition phase of Julie Hall. It is pretty incredible that these relics stood the test of time. We did some digging around of our own and discovered the following:


This hand-blown, cobalt blue glass bottle stored Bromo-Seltzer, a popular pharmaceutical drug manufactured by Emerson Drug Company in Baltimore, Maryland. Isaac Edward Emerson patented the formula for Bromo-Seltzer soon after he graduated from the University of North Carolina as a chemist in 1879. This concoction was sold in the form of a powder and was promoted as a remedy for headaches, upset stomach and jumpy nerves. The exact formula varied somewhat, with the main ingredient being sodium bromide. Bromides are a class of tranquilizers that were withdrawn from the American market in 1975 due to their toxicity.



Two marmalade jars, dating back to 1862, were also found on the site. According to the story, in 1700, Dundee Scotland grocer James Keiller bought bushels full of Seville oranges from a large cargo ship seeking refuge during a winter storm. Unfortunately, James discovered the Seville oranges were too bitter for most people’s tastes.

His wife, Janet, however, was able to create a simple recipe for preserves utilizing sugar and thick chucks of Seville orange rind. It was an instant hit; eventually ensuring a regular stop for Spanish ships full of Seville oranges. In 1797, another generation of Keillers built a marmalade factory, and a British staple was born. James Keiller & Sons Dundee Marmalade is still available in stores and online today.


The bottle pictured here, embossed with PURE OLIVE OIL / S. S. P., was blown in a cup base mold with air venting. Though unusually shaped, bottles like this were relatively common at the time. They came in several sizes and were used by the S. S. Pierce Company, a large import operation which originated in the Boston Harbor. Over time, Samuel S. Pierce became a well-known grocer with a reputation of specializing in imported goods from all over the world. Between 1880-1920 he opened shops in Copley Square and Coolidge Corner.


The last item uncovered was this small, clear glass medicinal bottle which has the image of a mortar and pestle embossed on it, along with the words, Geo. C. Frye, Portland, ME. George C. Frye was a fairly well-known wholesale and retail pharmacist around the 1890s to early 1900s. He lived in Portland, Maine. It is difficult to know which medicine was sold in this particular bottle since, at the time, these were used to store anything from fish oil to cough syrup.

Sheeting Installation

The sheeting installation phase will be completed on Friday, October 14th. Over the last few weeks there were times when the vibrations were felt throughout campus and it is safe to assume our students did not always appreciate the early wake-up calls. However, as you can see below, sheet pile walls are a critical piece to this project. Thank you all for your patience!


Sheet pile walls are constructed by driving prefabricated sections into the ground.


Each section is strategically placed along the perimeter of the site and a full wall is formed by connecting the joints of adjacent sheet pile sections in sequential installation.


Then, one by one, each section is driven into the ground by a pile driver.


Sheet pile walls provide structural resistance and are most commonly used in deep excavations.


The next phase of construction will be excavation. Stay tuned!

Time Lapse Video of the Demolition of Julie Hall

For the last few months, the construction management team has worked hard to complete the demolition of Julie Hall. The site now belongs to the new residence hall; an apartment-style, 18-story building that will help Emmanuel’s campus landscape evolve as we enter our next century. As you can see in the time lapse video below, the only way for the new residence hall to go is up!

Time Lapse Video of the Demolition of Julie Hall from Emmanuel College on Vimeo.

New Residence Hall Project

16_0407_view-05Campus is bustling with excitement as construction is underway on a new residence hall. The new 18-story, 690-bed student residence will be constructed on the site of the existing 220-bed Julie Hall. Featuring contemporary apartment-style living spaces, the LEED-certified building will enable Emmanuel to house more students on campus, further enhancing the vibrancy of the College community. Apartments will include two bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchens, and living rooms, as well as some one bedroom apartments. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2018, the student residence will also have a café, fitness room and gathering spaces.

Click here for the College’s press release: