Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Alice Clewell Residence Hall

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Institution Name: Salem College
Original/Historic Place Name: Clewell Dormitory
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1922original construction Sears, Thomas Northup, W. C.
Designer: Thomas W. Sears, W.C. Northup
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: Flemish bond brick
Roof: red tile, gables
1922residence hall (Salem College dormitory)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (student writing center)

Clewell Dormitory, named for Alice Wolle Clewell, was built to fill Salem's need for additional housing for students. Designed by Thomas W. Sears and W.C. Northup, the building was completed without upsetting the natural landscape. The two-story L-shaped building is Salem's largest dormitory, located just south of the Single Sisters House. Keeping with the trend of Salem Academy and College architecture of the 1920s and 1930s, Clewell's style repeats in materials and details many of the features of late 18th and early 19th century Flemish bond brick buildings along Salem square, including: brick relieving arches, dark headers, a high gable roof, dormers, and arched door openings. The facades on the two end blocks frame the doorways. The building is still used as a dormitory for Salem College and houses the writing center, where students can turn for tutorial help with writing assignments.

As the largest housing space on campus, Clewel's cultural and educational contributions to Salem continue to grow. Clewell's architectural style continues the unified relationship among buildings around Salem square.


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Hartley, Michael O., and Martha B. Boxley. Survey Files for Salem National Register Landmark District Proposal. Winston-Salem, NC: Old Salem, Inc., 1997.

Old Salem Historic District [including Salem College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/ National Park Service, 1966.

Rauschenbery, Bradford L. Salem College Study. Winston-Salem, NC: Wachovia Historical Society, 1983.

Salem College Bulletin: Alumnae Record Issue 6, no. 1 [n.d.].

Taylor, Gwynne Stephens. From Frontier to Factory: An Architectural History of Forsyth County. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Division of Archives and History, 1981.

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