Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Dillard Fine Arts Center and Daura Art Gallery

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Institution Name: Lynchburg College
Original/Historic Place Name: Dillard Fine Arts
Location on Campus: facing due north on the edge of The Circle
Date(s) of Construction:
1974original construction Barbieri, Clifton L. Greenwood Partnership Wiley & Wilson
Designer: Clifton L. Barbieri; Greenwood Partnership; Wiley & Wilson
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: cinder block faced with concrete and brick
Walls: brick
Roof: built-up composition (Dillard and Daura); rubber (Daura extension)
1974-present (2006)other (shops)
1974-present (2006)theater
1974-present (2006)academic department building (art)
ca. 1974-present (2006)museum (art gallery)

This structure was named for Rosa and David Hugh Dillard, two individuals devoted to the fine arts. When the facility opened in 1974 it was considered state-of-the-art, and the fine arts faculty has tried to maintain that reputation. The Dillard Theatre provides a regular and varied program for the benefit of the campus and the local community.

In 1990 the Daura Art Gallery was added to the front of the Dillard Fine Arts Center. Named for Pierre Daura, the well-known Spanish painter and former Lynchburg College professor, it was expanded in 1995 to accommodate an enhanced collection. 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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