Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Knight-Capron Library

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Institution Name: Lynchburg College
Original/Historic Place Name: Floyd L. Knight Memorial Library and John D. Capron Library Addition
Location on Campus: facing due north on the edge of The Circle
Date(s) of Construction:
1954original construction Barbieri, Clifton L.
Designer: Clifton L. Barbieri
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: cinder block faced with concrete and brick
Walls: brick
Roof: built-up composition (Knight), Hypalon (Capron)
ca. 1954-present (2006)administration (offices, meeting room for Board of Trustees)
ca. 1954-present (2006)library (college collection and archives)

The Floyd L. Knight Memorial Library was completed in 1954, and in addition to the college collection of books and periodicals it originally housed the office of the president. The college archives are located in the basement of the building.

In 1969 the John A. Capron Library was added to the rear of the original structure. It contains the Saxton Room that houses rare books and the meeting space for the Board of Trustees. There is also extra stack space and rooms for library support services. The president's office was moved to the Hall Campus Center in 1980.

The library currently houses a scale model of Westover Hall, the original college building. It was completed in April 2003 and presented to the College as part of the Centennial Celebration. A regular program of preventative maintenance keeps these buildings in first-class condition.


"Lynchburg College, A Beacon of Excellence," A supplement to Lynchburg News and Advance, September 8, 2002.

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


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