Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project



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Institution Name: Roanoke College
Original/Historic Place Name: Roselawn
Location on Campus: High St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1916original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Colonial revival, Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: wood
Roof: composition
ca. 1916-1970president's house
ca. 1970-present (2006)admissions office

Roselawn, the traditional home of Roanoke College presidents, was erected in 1915 and first occupied by Dr. John Alfred Morehead, fourth president, and his family in 1916. Prior to its construction, presidents had lived in a home on the same land originally built by Dr. William B. Yonce (1828-1895) and purchased from him by Dr. Julius D. Dreher, third president of the college (1846-1937). Roselawn presently serves as the Admissions House and Financial Aid Office.


Eisenberg, William E. The First Hundred Years, Roanoke College, 1842-1942. Salem, VA: Trustees of Roanoke College, 1942.

Miller, Mark F. Dear Old Roanoke, A Sesquicentennial Portrait, 1842-1992. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1992.

Traditions: Roanoke College Yesterday and Today. Salem, VA: Roanoke College, 1981.


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