Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Jennings Randolph Center for Public Service

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Institution Name: Salem International University
Original/Historic Place Name: Home of family of Jennings Randolph
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1900original construction
1985relocation to university campus
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Victorian, Other (Glossary)
Significance: history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: reinforced concrete foundation
Walls: brick veneer over concrete block
Roof: painted tin
ca. 1900private residence (of the family of Jennings Randolph, alumnus and West Virginia Representative and Senator)
ca. 2004-present (2006)museum (holds memorabilia of Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (Jennings Randolph Center for Public Service; used for seminars, workshops, meetings)

The house was the home of the family of U.S. Senator Jennings Randolph of West Virginia. It originally was located on Main Street next to the Post Office, near the intersection of Main and Valley Streets. It was moved to a location on the Salem Campus in 1985.

The Senator was born in Salem West Virginia on March 8, 1902; attended the public schools; and graduated from the Salem Academy in 1920, and from Salem College in 1924. He served seven terms in the House of Representatives and later was elected to the United States Senate where he completed five terms before retiring in 1985.

Senator Randolph was instrumental in building the aviation industry in West Virginia. A staunch supporter of civil rights and author of the twenty-sixth amendment of the Constitution, which gave 18-year-olds the right to vote, the Senator was a vigorous advocate for the founding of the United States Center for Peace.


Bond, S. Orestes. The Light of the Hills: A History of Salem College. Charleston, WV: Education Foundation, 1960.

Davis, Dorothy Upton. History of Harrison County, West Virginia. Clarksburg, WV: American Association of University Women, 1970.

Smith, Myron J. 100 Years of Opportunity: A Pictorial History of Salem College, 1888-1988. Marceline, MO: Walsworth Press, 1988.

Zinn, Timothy G. A Historic Preservation Plan for Salem, West Virginia. Murfreesboro, TN, Middle Tennessee State University, 1995.


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