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A Hands-on Approach


Ichabod Washburn funds the Washburn Shops, where students must do hands-on work in wood and iron after their classes in Boynton. In 1882, the first hydraulic elevator, faster and cheaper than steam elevators, is built in the Shops. A foundry is added in 1897 to meet the demand for new materials. It is the oldest building in the U.S. still used for engineering education.