Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Rankin Hall

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Institution Name: Tusculum College
Original/Historic Place Name: Gordon Hall
Location on Campus: Rt. 107
Date(s) of Construction:
1923original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1923residence hall (men)
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building (athletic, Service-Learning Center)

Built in 1923, this was the last building constructed using funds donated by Mrs. Cyrus McCormick, and was originally named Gordon Hall in honor of Mrs. McCormick's son. It was renamed in the 1950's to honor a long-time Tusculum professor.

This Colonial Revival structure has many elements of Georgian architecture, including dormers on the third story, arched pediments over the windows, and dentil molding.


Fuhrmann, Joseph T. The Life and Times of Tusculum College. Kingsport, TN: Arcata Graphics, 1986.

Ragan, Allen. A History of Tusculum College, 1794-1944. Bristol, TN: King Printing, 1945.

Reiners, John R. Tusculum College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1980.

Sexton, Donal J., Jr., and Myron J. Smith Jr. Glimpses of Tusculum College--A Pictorial History. Marceline, MO: Walsworth Publishing, 1994.

Tusculum College. Historic American Buildings Survey report and photographs. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, [n.d.].


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