Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Buhl Science Center

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Institution Name: Chatham College
Original/Historic Place Name: Buhl Hall
Location on Campus: Chapel Dr.
Date(s) of Construction:
1929original construction Smith, W. L.
2001addition Einhorn Yaffee Prescott
Designer: W. L. Smith; Einhorn Yaffee Prescott
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone, concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: shingle, rubber
ca. 1929-present (2006)academic department building (science)

Buhl Hall was built in 1929 and enlarged and renovated in 2001. W. L. Smith was the architect for original building, and Einhorn Yaffee Prescott for the 2001 edition. Buhl is a Georgian revival building that has housed Chatham's science programs since its construction. The addition was designed to have minimal impact on the original buildings appearance and physical fabric. Attached at the rear, the new wing incorporates and reveals the original building's masonry wall in a three-story central atrium.


Larson, Jens Frederick, and Archie MacInnes Palmer. Architectural Planning of the American College. New York and London: McGraw-Hill, 1933.

Neuman, David J. Building Type Basics for College and University Facilities. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2003.


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