Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Carnegie Hall

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Institution Name: Lynchburg College
Original/Historic Place Name: Carnegie Dormitory
Location on Campus: facing due south on the edge of The Circle
Date(s) of Construction:
1909original construction Frye, Edward G.
Designer: Edward G. Frye
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick faced with concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingles
1909-1967dining hall
1909-1967residence hall (men; one faculty advisor)
1967-present (2006)faculty offices
1987-present (2006)other (computer center)

Completed in 1909, the Boys' Home, later known as Carnegie Dormitory and then Carnegie Hall, was the first dormitory endowed by the philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie. In addition to living spaces for students and an apartment for a faculty adviser, the building originally contained a separate dining room. This arrangement was soon discontinued, and the college business office was relocated to that space as part of a 1967 renovation that also involved conversion of the building to faculty offices. The print shop was eventually relocated in 1987, and the space was filled by the computer center. A regular program of preventative maintenance keeps this structure in first-class condition.


Chambers, S. Allen. Lynchburg, An Architectural History. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1982.

Hopwood, Josephus. A Journey Through the Years; an Autobiography. St. Louis, MO: Bethany Press, 1932.

Potter, Dorothy T. "Walls and Halls, An Architectural History of L. C." In Jubilee: 1903-1978. Lynchburg, VA: Lynchburg College, 1978.

Potter, Edmund D. "The Westover Hotel." M. A. thesis, University of Virginia, 1995.

Wake, Orville. "The First Fifty Years, A History of Lynchburg College." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Virginia, 1957.


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