Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Center for Campus Ministry

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Institution Name: Maryville College
Original/Historic Place Name: Lamar Memorial Library
Location on Campus: center campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1888original construction Baumann Brothers
2000complete restoration
Designer: Baumann Brothers (Knoxville, TN)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: education, engineering, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick, plaster, wood
Roof: metal
1981-present (2006)other (Center for Campus Ministry)

Funded by William Thaw, Mrs. W. E. Dodge, and Mrs. Sylvester Willard (all northern philanthropists), the Center for Campus Ministry--originally the Lamar Library--is a small building constructed on the plan of the Greek cross, with equal transepts. It rises two stories from a basement at ¾ grade. The roof is metal, and there is a white octagonal bell-cast turret. The entrance and front window both include Romanesque arches, and there is a large Romanesque window to the rear. Inside, much of the building is finished in oak, including a paneled ceiling and two staircases.

The building served as the campus library until 1924, and in 1981 became the home of the Center for Campus Ministry. The building was completely restored in 2000.


Blair, Carolyn, and Arda Walker. By Faith Endowed: The Story of Maryville College, 1819-1994. Maryville, TN: Maryville College Press, 1994.

Lloyd, Ralph Waldo. Maryville College: A History of 150 years, 1819-1969. Maryville, TN: Maryville College Press, 1969.


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