Lady Eaton College
Originally conceived as a female-only dormitory, Lady Eaton is a sculptural building clad in textured concrete, after the rubble-aggregate process used for Champlain proved too expensive to continue. Ron Thom’s associate Alastair Grant was the main architect of this college and laid it out as two sinuous residential wings anchored by an entrance building.
Learn more about Lady Eaton College here!Lady Eaton College is the second oldest college on the Symons Campus of Trent University. It was established in 1968 and is named in honour of Flora McCrea Eaton, who helped support the university during its founding. For forty-five years, Lady Eaton has been a home-away-from-home for thousands of Trent graduates. Lady Eaton was designed by the famous Canadian architect Ron Thom and in many respects offers the almost perfect design of a university college: two residence wings and a commons block that surround an inner court (simply called the “quad”), where students can meet friends, play games and relax. In 1989, the college’s coat-of-arms was created under the authority of the Chief Herald of Canada making Lady Eaton one of less-than-100 educational institutions in the country to have such an honour. The college is also the academic home for several departments such as History, Philosophy, Women Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures and the Queen’s-Trent Concurrent Education Programme. You do not have to study in one of these disciplines, however, to be a part of the college. The college is an interdisciplinary environment that encourages the coming together of all students regardless of their academic interests.