Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


East Hall

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Institution Name: Oakwood College
Original/Historic Place Name: Sanitarium Building
Location on Campus: Oakwood Rd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1909original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1909other (nurses training center and sanitarium for African Americans)
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (advancement and development; public relations; corporate relations; alumni affairs)

The Oakwood Sanitarium was completed in 1909 and became the first medical facility for African-Americans in Northern Alabama. Located in Huntsville, it served the students as a clinic and was a teaching facility for the training of nurses. It was from this medical facility that Oakwood's first graduates came. This class of five graduates holds a major spot in the history of Oakwood College.


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