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Begun in June 1878, this building opened as the college's first library on October 17, 1879, marking the inauguration of Dr. Julius D. Dreher as the third president of the College. When conceived, this structure was to have marked and honored the centennial of General Andrew Lewis, but with the death of the College's founder and first president, Dr. David Bittle, in 1876, there was a change in plans. With renovations and an added wing, it served as the library until 1962 when the new library on High Street was opened. Bittle Hall was converted to the office of Student Affairs the following year and remained as such for twenty years.
The building was renovated and leased to the Lutheran Church in 1983 to provide offices, meeting space, and the archives for the Virginia Synod and its Bishop.
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