Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Sunderland Hall

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Institution Name: Warren Wilson College
Original/Historic Place Name: Laura Sunderland Hall
Location on Campus: 109 Upper College Rd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1929original construction Lamont, A. G. )
Designer: A. G. Lamont, New York, from the Board of National Missions, UPCUSA
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: mechanical system rubber roof
ca. 1929dining hall (for staff and students, with kitchen)
1929-present (2006)residence hall
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (environmental leadership center, Swannanoa Gathering Office, Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program Offices)

Sunderland Hall, built in 1929, was named for the Laura Sunderland School of Concord, North Carolina, which had been closed. The building was funded through the auspices of the Board of National Missions. It was renovated in 1969 and 1979 with a major restoration in 1990 funded by the Public Welfare Foundation, Cannon Foundation, Arthur Vining Davis Foundation and Mr. and Mrs. Roger McGuire. Warner Commons honors Mr. Donald T. Warner, long-time trustee of the college and his wife, Claudia Marsh Warner.


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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