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Jamerson Hall

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Institution Name: Tougaloo College
Original/Historic Place Name: Jamerson Hall
Location on Campus: historic core of campus
Date(s) of Construction:
ca. 1918original construction Holmes, Arthur
Designer: Arthur Holmes
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Mission/Mission revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, engineering, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: masonry and concrete
Walls: wood frames with brick veneer
Roof: asphalt shingle
 
Function:
ca. 1918residence hall (originally constructed as a home for unmarried women teachers)
ca. 1918-1929classrooms
1930-1950residence hall
1951-1957classrooms
1957residence hall
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (Office of Student Affairs)
 

Narrative:
Jamerson Hall, originally constructed as living quarters for unmarried women teachers, often served in a variety of capacities. From 1918-1929, the first floor was used for classrooms while the second floor served as housing for unmarried women teachers. From 1930-1950, Jamerson Hall served solely as a dormitory. In 1951, the first floor was utilized as class and practice rooms for the music department and home economics laboratory. In 1957, the building was remodeled and utilized as a dormitory once again. Presently, the facility houses the Office of Student Affairs.

The two-story brick building is graced with a double-galleried portico with a front-facing gable. The gable end is open with decorative vertical beams. The centrally-located entrance consists of a modern single-leaf door. The original fanlight transom has been covered with plywood. Presently, both the exterior and interior are in fair condition, and require some repairs and modernizing upgrades.
 

References:

Campbell, Clarice T., and Oscar Allan Rogers, Jr. Mississippi: The View from Tougaloo. Jackson, MS: University of Mississippi Press, 1979 and 2002.

Campus Planning and Development Assessment [Tougaloo College]. National Park Service report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1989.

Historical Sketch of Tougaloo University: Tougaloo, Mississippi. [s.l.:] American Missionary Association, 1909.

"How to Grow a Campus." Architectural Forum (April 1996).

Mayo, Reverend A. D. Industrial Education in the South. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1888.

Mississippi State Building Commission. "Physical Facilities, Institutions of Higher Learning State of Mississippi, Public and Private Institutions." 1967-1968.

"Negro." Madison County, Mississippi. WPA Records. Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson.

"Tougaloo College," Madison County, Mississippi. WPA Records. Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson.

U.S. Congress. House Committee on Natural Resources. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act: Report Together with Dissenting Views (To Accompany H.R. 2921) (Including Cost Estimate of the Congressional Budget Office.) [Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1993.]

Wise, Deborah G. Tougaloo College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1998.

 

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