Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Green Hall (Main Campus)

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Institution Name: Berry College
Original/Historic Place Name: The Recitation Hall (2nd recitation hall)
Location on Campus: main campus, facing Opportunity Dr. at Martha Berry Circle North
Date(s) of Construction:
1921-1922original construction Carlson, Harry
Designer: Harry Carlson (Boston)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete footing with brick veneer; originally wood with brick veneer
Walls: brick exterior; sheet-rock interior
Roof: tar and gravel
ca. 1922auditorium (built as a recitation hall)
ca. 1922classrooms
1997-present (2006)academic department building (Campbell School of Business)

Constructed in 1921-22 of red brick in Georgian revival style, the building was named the Recitation Hall. This building made way for the first recitation hall (Hoge) to become the administration building. In 1960, the Recitation Hall was renamed Green Hall to honor Berry's first president. In its original form, the building had a roughly finished basement and two above-ground floors with high ceilings. The third floor had a large auditorium which served many purposes: men's Sunday school classes, plays, movies, and other entertainments, as well as housing large classes as the institution grew. It was a central education facility that housed all disciplines in the early years. Following renovation in 1997, it became the home of the Campbell School of Business. During the renovation the auditorium was removed and the building was converted to four floors. All floors have finished classrooms, with faculty offices on the above-ground floors, as well as state-of-the-art multimedia areas. A wide porch added across the front enhances the inscription above the colonnade, "Whether at work or at play, do your best," which has inspired many students.


Berry Trails: An Historic and Contemporary Guide to Berry College. Third edition. Mt. Berry, GA: Berry College, 2001.

Martha Berry Papers. Berry College Archives, Mount Berry, GA.

Thomas, Kenneth H., Jr. The Berry Schools [Berry College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1978.


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