Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Pennell House

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Institution Name: Antioch College
Original/Historic Place Name: Dean House
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1855original design
1995restoration
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation:
Walls: brick
Roof: tin
 
Function:
ca. 1855administration (Academic Office)
ca. 1855residence hall
ca. 1855-1930private residence
ca. 1930infirmary (Antioch Infirmary)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (student common space)
 

Narrative:
Pennell was a private residence until the 1930s, when it was converted to the Antioch Infirmary. During the 1970s it housed a Marxist studies program called the Radical Studies Institute. Closed in the 1980s and nearly lost to the wrecking ball, Pennell was saved by a group of interested faculty, alumni, and local residents. Restoration was completed in 1995. Pennell House was built as the home of Rebecca Mann Pennell, a member of the original Antioch faculty and considered the first female college professor with equal status to her male colleagues.
 

References:

Dean Family Farm Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1994.

"Famed Teachers Home: Landmark or Eyesore?" New York Times, August 19, 1991.

 

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