Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


William Goodell Frost Building

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Institution Name: Berea College
Original/Historic Place Name: Carnegie Library (1904-1938)
Location on Campus: Chestnut St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1904-1907dedication June 1905 Cady, Berg & See
1935-1936brick addition and library reading room built Cellarius, Charles F.
Designer: Cady, Berg & See (New York)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: local stone
Walls: limestone
Roof: slate
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building (history, psychology, political science, sociology)

Named for a former college president, the William Goodell Frost building was a gift from Andrew Carnegie, a close friend of the College. In addition to serving as the college's library, the original building had a children's library and an extension library that from 1916 through 1943 went into surrounding areas by horse cart, bringing books to the county and the mountainous region of Kentucky. Archives and special collections were also housed there. A brick addition was added to the original limestone structure in 1935-1936, along with a Georgian-style library reading room designed by Charles F. Cellarius of Cincinnati. The reading room is modeled after the old Boston State house, revealing Berea's Massachusetts roots. Additional renovations took place in 1963 and 1997-1998. Today the Frost Building houses the departments of History, Psychology, Political Science, and Sociology.


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