Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Burrow Library

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Institution Name: Rhodes College
Original/Historic Place Name: Burrow Library
Location on Campus: Phillips Ln.
Date(s) of Construction:
1951original construction Jones, Walk C. Jones, Walk C., Jr.
Designer: Walk C. Jones; Walk C. Jones, Jr.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: stone
Roof: slate
ca. 1951-present (2006)library

Built nearly 25 years after the original buildings and designed by a different team of architects, Burrow Library gives an early indication of the college's commitment to the vision of Charles Diehl by maintaining the Collegiate Gothic style. The symbols of the seven liberal arts are carved in the limestone above the front loggia.


Cooper, Raymond W. Southwestern at Memphis 1848-1948. Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1949.

Hanbury, Evans, Wright, and Vlattas, and Company, Architects. Rhodes Master Plan 2010. [Norfolk, VA: Hanbury, Evans, Wright, and Vlattas, and Company, Architects, n.d.].

Morgan, William. Collegiate Gothic, The Architecture of Rhodes College. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 1989.

Rhodes 150, 1848-1998: a Sesquicentennial Yearbook. Little Rock, AR: August House Publishers, 1998.

Roper, James E. Southwestern at Memphis 1948-1975. Memphis, TN: Southwestern at Memphis, 1975.

Strode, William. Rhodes College. Louisville, KY: Harmony House Publishers, 1985.


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