Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Boone Tavern Hotel

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Institution Name: Berea College
Original/Historic Place Name: Boone Tavern Hotel
Location on Campus: Prospect St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1909original construction Cady & See
1910third-story addition
1995electrical maintenance renovations
Designer: Cady & See (New York)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick and stucco
Roof: asphalt and derbigum
1909-present (2006)other (hotel)

The Boone Tavern Hotel, erected in 1909, was the first commercial building in the Berea area built in the colonial revival style. Designed by Cady and See of New York, it is a three-story structure with a front entrance on the building's south side covered by a two-story portico of four Ionic columns, beneath which are two porches, one on each story. Above the portico are the architrave, the frieze, and the cornice. Although the south entrance at one time had a lattice balustrade, this is no longer part of the structure. There is also a second, columned entrance on the building's west side.

The hotel got its name from pioneer Daniel Boone, who explored nearby territories and, as legend has it, must have slept within a mile of the Tavern's location. The Tavern's development is also a direct reflection of US Highway Route 25, or the Old Dixie Highway, which was just a dirt road when the hotel was constructed in 1909. The Boone Tavern Hotel oH started out as a small establishment, but a third story was added just a year after it opened as a result of the increased number of visitors arriving on US Highway Route 25. In 1934, Route 25 brought Eleanor Roosevelt to the hotel on her way to Lexington, Kentucky and Chicago, Illinois.

No student has ever paid tuition at Berea. In order to offset the cost of their educations, students work a minimum of 10-15 hours per week in various industries and departments on campus.

After the Boone Tavern's construction, students began learning the dignity of labor by working as clerks, bellboys, waiters, and waitresses. With the addition of the Hotel Management major in the department of Economics and Business at Berea College, students are also able to get hands-on experience working as dining room managers and front desk workers.


Sleet, Younette, and Melissa Gross. Boone Tavern Hotel [Berea College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1995.


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