Stand in the middle of campus and you’re 30 miles north of midtown Manhattan, but with nature as far as the eye can see.
Tucked away on a 500-acre former estate in Westchester County, our unique sprawling campus was designed by master architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. Almost all the buildings on the Purchase campus are the same color. Why is that? Well, there’s a historical reason and a metaphorical one.
A Walk Through Purchase
The Story Behind the Brick
Our campus master plan relied upon several highly renowned architects to design the buildings on the Main Plaza. To unify these diverse structures and bring coherence to the campus, the architects were required to use the same shade of brick.
We like to think the consistency and order of the buildings’ facades is offset by the explosively colorful, diverse, and unconventional intellectual and artistic activity that happens inside them. Behind our uniform brick walls are classrooms, laboratories, performance spaces, and studios—those spaces where the real heart of campus can be found.
The Purchase Experience
Life here is hands-on and community-focused. We all pitch in to make Purchase a sustainable and diverse home for creative minds.
We’re DIY meets intellectualism, boundless intensity infused with an inquisitive spirit.
The Colors of Purchase
Purchase is colorful in so many ways, as evidenced by this website, which draws its palette from the photo features on the home page. They’re always changing.
Our athletics teams are blue and orange, adopted from the New York Knicks, who once used our Physical Education building as their practice facility for many years.
Heliotrope and puce, however, are often cited as the official colors of Purchase. The color choice dates back to the early seventies, when, according to legend, an off-hand remark about suggested colors for the first graduation gained traction among the students. Controversial at the time, the color combination was put up for a student vote, twice, and became the colors of choice.