Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Bryson Gymnasium

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Institution Name: Warren Wilson College
Original/Historic Place Name: Holmes Bryson Gymnasium
Location on Campus: 102 Upper College Rd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1920original construction Lord & Lord
Designer: Lord and Lord, Asheville, NC
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick concrete piers
Walls: oak shakes
Roof: composition shingles
1920-present (2006)gymnasium (currently includes climbing wall, and is also used for special events and dancing)

Bryson Gymnasium is one of the older wooden floor gyms in Western North Carolina still used for recreation and education. It was built in 1920 and named for Holmes Bryson, who was a major contributor. Mr. Bryson served as Mayor of Asheville, North Carolina and was a graduate of Asheville Farm School.


Holden, Reuben A. Warren Wilson College: A Centennial Portrait. [Swannanoa, NC: Warren Wilson College,] 1994.

Jensen, Henry W. A History of Warren Wilson College: On the Occasion the College's Eightieth Anniversary. [s.l.: s.n.,] 1974.

Martin, Elizabeth G., comp. The Buildings of Warren Wilson College. [s.l.: s.n.,] 1972.


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