Principia College


Located high upon the bluffs, Principia College is the only Christian Science College in the world. In 1930, the land for Principia College was purchased in Elsah, overlooking the Mississippi River. San Francisco architect Bernard Ralph Maybeck was commissioned to design the master plan for the college campus. The design and construction of Principia was the largest commission in Maybeck’s career and was, in his own words, “his favorite child.” Maybeck convinced college administrators that his English Village design would “express the spirit of home, or peace, and of absolute harmony with [its] physical surroundings.” The campus and its buildings are a masterpiece of breathtaking scenery and architectural beauty. In 1993, Principia College was granted National Historic Landmark status. Visitors can tour the campus daily to appreciate the unique architecture and enjoy the stunning scenic views.


One Maybeck Place
Elsah, IL 62028


38.94880000, -90.34967000
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(618) 374-2131

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