Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Master plan

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Institution Name: Rhodes College
Original/Historic Place Name: Southwestern Memphis Block Plan
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1923original construction Klauder, Charles Z. Hibbs, Henry
Designer: Charles Z. Klauder, Henry Hibbs (Philadelphia)
Type of Place: Campus arrangement
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1923-present (2006)master plan (campus)

This was the original master plan for the campus. The vision of Charles E. Diehl has been followed ever since, and each intervening master plan has amplified his original vision.

Several factors distinguish Rhodes from other institutions:

Dr. Diehl's insistence on "the best," which covered everything from the architectural team to the artisans and building materials. "There is in this country much pseudo-Gothic architecture, a cheap imitation" he wrote. "This we propose to avoid."

The careful planning and siting of buildings, which began with Dr. Diehl and has continued throughout the college's history in Memphis.

The strict adherence to the collegiate gothic style, which has been perpetuated by a resolution of the Board of Trustees.


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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