In a morning assembly President MacCracken announced the gift by William Skinner of a music building as a memorial to his sister Belle Skinner ’87.  Planned meticulously by Professor of Music George Sherman Dickinson, the building was designed by Boston architect Charles Collens in the French medieval Gothic style, thus reflecting Belle Skinner’s devotion both to music and to France.  She devoted $1 million after World War I to the reconstruction, with the help of Vassar friends, of the French village of Hattonchatel and its agrarian economy.

Mr. Skinner gave the college $40,000 in May, 1928, establishing scholarships honoring his sisters Belle, Elizabeth Skinner Hubbard '80 and Nancy Skinner Clark '75.  His gift for Skinner Hall amounted to $600,000.