Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Trexler College Center

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Institution Name: Queens University of Charlotte
Original/Historic Place Name: Trexler College Center
Location on Campus: Building 27
Date(s) of Construction:
1993original construction Jenkins Peer Architects
Designer: Jenkins Peer Architects
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: terra cotta tile
 
Function:
ca. 1993residence hall
ca. 1993dining hall
ca. 1993other (annex to Morrison Hall; dining room, dormitory, and student snack bar)
ca. 2004-present (2006)student union
 

Narrative:
Trexler is an infill structure within the campus fabric. It is an annex attached to the existing Morrison Hall, which was built in 1927. The crescent-shaped façade with floor to ceiling windows and limestone columns echoes the Georgian architecture of C. C. Hook. The curved building configuration focuses the approach to the Center from two primary quadrangles, the Residence Quadrangle and the Diana Courtyard. The curve creates an inclusive space for the semicircular courtyard in front of Trexler. The brick patio with iron tables and chairs gives the students an area in which to socialize, eat, or study between classes.

Trexler focuses student social activity and provides a new entrance to Morrison. There is an open stair to access the post office, copy center, and Student Activities offices located in the lower level of Morrison. The main floor in Trexler houses lounge areas that mimic living rooms, the Student Book Store, and the Jazzman Cafe. The main floor also includes Claudia Belk Dining Room and a conference room.
 

References:

Jenkins Peer, Architects. Trexler Student Center. Project Descriptions for Queens University of Charlotte. [Charlotte, NC: Jenkins Peer, Architects, n.d.], 3.

 

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