Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Rose Terrace

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Institution Name: Mary Baldwin College
Original/Historic Place Name: Rose Terrace
Location on Campus: 120 N. Market St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1875original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Italianate (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: metal
ca. 1875private residence
ca. 1919residence hall
ca. 1919president's house
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building (Master of Letters / Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance)
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (chaplain, Learning Skills Center, Office of African-American and Multicultural Affairs, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Development)

Rose Terrace is a beautiful Italianate building with decorative brickwork and chimneystacks. It was built around 1875 as a home for Holmes Erwin and purchased by Mary Baldwin in 1919. Since then, it has been used as the president's home, a residence hall, and the office of admissions. It is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.


Menk, Patricia. To Live in Time: The Sesquicentennial History of Mary Baldwin College. Verona, VA: Mid Valley Press, 1992.

Rose Terrace [Mary Baldwin College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1973.


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