Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Jane Freeman Hall

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Institution Name: Pfeiffer University
Original/Historic Place Name: Jane Freeman Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1937original construction dedication on December 5 Poundstone, Otis C.
Designer: Otis C. Poundstone
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: wood with composition shingles
ca. 1937library
1937-1954residence hall (faculty)
1937-present (2006)classrooms (originally science; now primary classroom building)
1954-1958residence hall (men's)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices

Jane Freeman Hall stands today as the most significant academic building at Pfeiffer Univeristy. However, its role on campus has changed drastically since its construction. Its original design in 1937 housed classrooms in the sciences, the college library, and even housing for faculty. In 1954 the building was converted for use exclusively as a male residence hall. Shortly thereafter (1958) it was altered to provide much needed office and classroom space. The building received a renovation in 1977 and was restored again as recently as 2002.

The building is named after a former treasurer of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church. This provides some historical connection to the roots of the college as a Methodist-affiliated home and mission school founded by Emily Prudden in 1885. A statue of Prudden stands in the green space in front of the building as a marker of the early history of the Oberlin Home and School.


Gore, Phyllis W. A Brief History of the Buildings of Pfeiffer College: 1885-1985. [Misenheimer, NC]: Pfeiffer College, 1985.

Hood, Davyd Foard. Pfeiffer Junior College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1999.

Master plan collection. 1957, 1958, 1961, 1967, 1968, and 2000. Archives, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC.


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