Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Freeman P. and Carrie E. Hodge Center

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Institution Name: Wiley College
Original/Historic Place Name: Refectory
Location on Campus: directly west of chapel and fronting university
Date(s) of Construction:
1920original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/pre-WWII (Glossary)
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: exterior: masonry; interior: wood stud with gypsum board
Roof: asphalt composition shingles and single-ply membrane
ca. 1920dining hall
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (offices, restaurant and hotel management laboratories with simulated hotel lobby, check-in counter kitchen, and guest rooms; multi-purpose reception and dining space)
ca. 2004-present (2006)theater (also used as a lecture hall)

Situated near the core of the College's property south of the main entrance, the original Refectory was constructed by student labor in the 1920s and is still considered one of the most beautiful buildings on campus. The original concrete and masonry structure consisted of a main dining room with a seating capacity of six hundred persons, kitchen, storeroom, and dish room. Its permanent equipment was the standard type used in all schools at the time. In addition to being a dining facility, it was utilized as a gymnasium and the setting for many of the extra-curricular activities on campus, including the early Founder's Observance banquets.

In the summer of 1960 the Refectory was completely renovated and modernized. A snack bar was located at the south end of the building where students obtained refreshments. Cafeteria operations ceased in 1968, and for twenty-two years after 1971, the old dining hall was used as the maintenance storage room, during which time it significantly deteriorated. From 1984 1987 the building housed the College's band program facilities. In 1992, in anticipation of a major renovation, the building was valued at half a million dollars. The successful rehabilitation was possible through monies donated by Dr. Norman C. and Ann (Hodge) Cottman and the Hodge Family. The building was re-named to honor their parents, Freeman P. and Carrie E. Hodge.

Now the home of the Freeman P. and Carrie E. Hodge Hotel and Restaurant Management Center, the building also houses a lecture hall, computer lab, guest rooms, and other mock hotel training facilities. Special college programs and functions are held in the Center's auditorium. An exterior courtyard encompassed by a low masonry circular wall greets visitors and guests with seating and landscaping at the north entry.


Campus Master Plan Update. 2002. Office of Administrative Services, Wiley College, Marshall, TX.

Wiley College Catalog. [Marshall, TX: Wiley College], 2002-2004.

Wiley College Faculty Handbook. [Marshall, TX: Wiley College], July 2002.


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