Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Julia Maria Fairchild Hall

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Institution Name: Berea College
Original/Historic Place Name: Ladies Hall
Location on Campus: Chestnut St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1871-1873dedication September 1873 Anderson & Hannaford
Designer: Anderson & Hannaford, Cincinnati
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Victorian, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: local stone
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
ca. 1873library (first library)
ca. 1873-1960dining hall
1873-present (2006)residence hall (women)
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (offices for Labor and Student Life)

Julia Maria Fairchild Hall, erected in 1872, was the first building on the Berea campus and the first brick building in the area. Originally known as Ladies Hall until it was renamed in 1937, Fairchild was modeled after Oberlin College's Ladies Hall through plans obtained by former President Edward Henry Fairchild, whose brother was the president of Oberlin. The building has undergone several renovations--in 1962, 1973-1974, 1982, and a thorough renovation in 2000--and in its current form occupies 36,864 sq. ft. Fairchild has always served as a residence for female students, and today it also accommodates the Offices of Labor.


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