Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Pine Lodge (Mountain Campus)

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Institution Name: Berry College
Original/Historic Place Name: Pine Lodge
Location on Campus: heart of Mountain Campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1916original construction Coolidge & Carlson H. G. Hamrick
Designer: Coolidge & Carlson; H. G. Hamrick (Boston)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular, Other (Glossary)
Significance: education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick (originally stone)
Walls: log and chinking
Roof: asphalt
1916-present (2006)residence hall (originally for Foundation School, now for staff housing, contains four apartments)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (front lawn is the site of the Grand March, a Berry tradition held on Mountain Day each year)

Pine Lodge, the oldest building on the Mountain Campus, was originally built to serve the Foundation School as a dormitory. Since it was the only building on campus at that time (save for a tenant house), the building also served as a classroom; while the tenant house located behind Pine Lodge served as the kitchen and dining facility. Built by H. G. Hamrick, superintendent of the Foundation School, and a handful of boys, the building is typical of regional log structures of that time. Although Pine Lodge was built with bathrooms, there was no running water until a donor gave money for a hydraulic ram to pump water from a nearby spring.

Pine Lodge now has four apartments and serves as staff housing. Its front lawn is the site of the annual Mountain Day celebration on the first Saturday in October commemorating Miss Berry's birthday.


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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