Founded in 1831, Wesleyan University is one of the oldest Methodist institutions of higher education in the country. There are roughly 2,900 undergraduates, which gives Middletown a contemporary, college-town feel. Note the massive, fluted Corinthian columns of the 1828 Greek Revival Russell House at the corner of Washington Street, across from the pink Mediterranean-style Davison Art Center, built 15 years later. Farther on are gingerbreads, towering brownstones, Tudors,
and Queen Annes. A few hundred yards up on Church Street, which intersects High Street, is the Olin Library. The 1928 structure was designed by Henry Bacon, the architect of the Lincoln Memorial.