Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Infirmary, The

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Institution Name: Saint Augustine's College
Original/Historic Place Name: Hermitage Hall; Trade School
Location on Campus: 1315 Oakwood Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1914original construction Saint Augustine Trade School faculty
Designer: Saint Augustine Trade School faculty
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: bricks
Walls: plaster
Roof: roofing
ca. 1914infirmary
ca. 2004-present (2006)residence hall (honors dormitory)

The Infirmary is a rectangular brick two-story building constructed in 1914 to house the trades department. When the trade school was discontinued, the Infirmary was built to provide an on-campus medical facility for students, faculty, and staff. This building was latter named "The Hermitage" and was renovated for use as an Honors Dorm to reward high achievers with special privileges, including a parking lot.

Saint Augustine's College, located in the City of Raleigh, NC, was established by the Freeman's Commission of the Protestant Episcopal Church in 1867, only two years after the close of the American Civil War. The history of this school tells an interesting story of how the institution was put together and how the special mission of Saint Augustine's started out as a responsibility of the Church. (Or it may be assumed that both the school and church came together to identify needs in educating the newly freed slaves.) St. Augustine's was originally a missionary effort of the national church. As the college evolved from a normal to a collegiate school, it developed into a trade school. Like many historically black colleges, vocational school was a way to prepare minority students for a life under segregation, but due in part to growing ties between the church and the college, the curriculum has shifted from an emphasis on industrial education and pre-theological training to its current focus on scholarship, research, and community service.

Saint Augustine's pursues excellence by developing: 1) flexible and innovative courses of study that integrate theory and practice through experiential approaches to learning; 2) opportunities for students to apply what they learn through service learning, internships, and cooperative education; 3) purposeful and individualized programs of study for nontraditional students, through preparation for a career change or re-entry into the work force; and 4) knowledge and appreciation of cultural differences through interdisciplinary courses, study abroad, and other programs.


Boykin, James H. "St. Augustine's College, 1938-1958." Typescript. [1958?]. Archives, St. Augustine's College, Raleigh, NC.

Brown, David W. St. Augustine's College Campus. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/ National Park Service, 1980.

Chitty, Arthur Ben. A Brief History of St. Augustine's College. [s.l: s.n., n.d.].

Halliburton, Cecil D. A History of St. Augustine's College 1867-1937. Raleigh, NC: Edwards and Broughton Company, 1937.

Roundtree, Thelma Johnson. Strengthening the Ties that Bind: A History of Saint Augustine's College. Raleigh, NC: St. Augustine's College, 2002.


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