The State University of New York awarded one-quarter of the Oyster Bay faculty research grants in 1958. Newly hired professor Dr. Joseph Silverman of the Chemistry Department is pictured here in a laboratory with two Natural Science I students.
The mansion's six bedrooms, complete with fireplaces and hand-painted decorative murals by American society painter Robert Chandler, were converted into classrooms. Bathrooms and dressing rooms were modified to provide faculty with offices and laboratories. The servant's quarters were transformed into the men's dormitories, which could accommodate twenty-four residents. (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).
The State University College on Long Island held its first classes on September 17, 1957, on the grounds of Planting Fields, the majestic 350-acre former estate of benefactor William Robertson Coe (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).
William Robertson Coe's exquisite arboretum-estate, Planting Fields, was authorized as a temporary campus, while SUNY's newest campus was under construction in the charming village of Stony Brook, on a 480-acre tract of land donated by philanthropist Ward Melville. The magnificence of Stony Brook University's first campus inspired one newspaper to name it "The Nation's Most Beautiful College Campus." (credit: University Archives, Stony Brook University).