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Rebekah Scott Hall

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Institution Name: Agnes Scott College
Original/Historic Place Name: Rebekah Scott Hall
Location on Campus: Milton Candler Loop
Date(s) of Construction:
1905original construction Morgan & Dillon
Designer: Morgan & Dillon
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: dry-stack brick footing below grade, masonry at and above grade
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
 
Function:
ca. 1905residence hall
ca. 1905other (meeting rooms)
ca. 1905administration (offices)
ca. 1905chapel
ca. 1905dining hall
ca. 2004-present (2006)residence hall
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (meeting rooms)
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (offices)
 

Narrative:
A companion to Agnes Scott Hall (or "Main"), Rebekah Scott Hall was built in 1905 at a cost of $70,000. It was named in honor of Rebekah Bucher Scott, wife of George W. Scott, one of the College's principal founders. A covered wooden colonnade of modified Tuscan columns connects Main with Rebekah Scott Hall.

Rebekah Scott is a brick, three-story dormitory with a cupola and a full-length porch with white columns and a decorative wood balustrade. The decorative pattern of the balustrade is repeated in the first-floor window transoms. The building also displays decorative brickwork between the windows of the second floor. Together, Rebekah Scott and Agnes Scott Halls form the north side of the campus's main quadrangle.


Thomas H. Morgan, of the architectural firms Bruce and Morgan and Morgan and Dillon, designed Agnes Scott Hall, Rebekah Scott Hall, and Inman Hall. Morgan was one of the founders of the AIA in Georgia and was the state's first registered architect. He also designed buildings at Oglethorpe University and Georgia Institute of Technology that are more reflective of the Academic Gothic Revival style than the earlier buildings at ASC.

The 1986 renovation was designed to retain the building's Victorian charm while updating wiring and HVAC systems. Accordingly, the renovation preserved the pressed tin ceilings on the first floor Admission Office, an original feature that contrasted nicely with the computers and electronic equipment used by a modern office. The Alumnae Association appealed to its members for contributions of furniture and accessories for the lobby and parlor. Recently, carpets incorporating motifs from the College Seal, designed by Jova/Daniels/Busby in conjunction with Shaw Carpets of Dalton, Ga., were added in the Rebekah lobby.
 

References:

Agnes Scott Alumnae Magazine (Winter 1986).

McNair, Walter Edward. Lest We Forget: An Account of Agnes Scott College. Decatur, GA: Agnes Scott College, 1983.

Rededication of Agnes Scott and Rebekah Scott Halls, Agnes Scott College. Program brochure. October 10, 1986.

Sayrs, M. Lee, and Christine S. Cozzens. A Full and Rich Measure. Decatur, GA: Agnes Scott College, 1990.

Sharp, Leslie N. South Candler Street--Agnes Scott College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1994.

 

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