Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Simmons Visual Arts Center

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Institution Name: Brenau University
Original/Historic Place Name: Leslie Southgate Simmons Memorial
Location on Campus: One Centennial Circle
Date(s) of Construction:
1914original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick (interior: plaster) (metal ceilings: tile)
ca. 1914library
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices (including the President's office)
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building (art and design faculty offices and studios)
ca. 2004-present (2006)museum (art gallery)

The building was constructed in 1914 by President Simmons in memory of his wife Lessie. The original stained glass windows are still in place, as are the original wood floor and Italian tile in the entry, the original Adam's style plaster ceiling and panels walls in the President's Office, the original metal ceiling in the studios, and the original fireplaces and mantels in several rooms. The building is in very good condition.


Waskiewicz, Lyn. Brenau College District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1978.


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