Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Buttrick Hall

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Institution Name: Agnes Scott College
Original/Historic Place Name: Buttrick Hall
Location on Campus: "Buttrick Dr."
Date(s) of Construction:
1930original construction Edwards & Sayward
1978-1979renovation Smith, Henry Howard
Designer: Edwards & Sayward; Henry Howard Smith (Atlanta)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: clay block, brick, and limestone veneer
Roof: slate replacement (summer 2003)
ca. 1930academic department building (art studios)
ca. 1930faculty offices
ca. 1930classrooms
ca. 1930administration (offices)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (offices)

The symbolic cornerstone of Buttrick Hall was laid on May 30, 1930, and founding trustee Charles Murphey Candler made the address. The four-story structure opened for classes five months later in September 1930. Designed as an administrative-classroom building, Buttrick Hall cost $301,743 to build. Since $300,000 of the funds had come from the General Education Board of New York, the Trustees chose to name the building in memory of Dr. Wallace Buttrick, the board's former president.

Buttrick Hall was designed by the local architectural firm Edwards and Sayward. William Sayward, who lived in Decatur, was a prominent architect and well-known designer of institutional buildings. A 1978-1979 renovation updated the building while still preserving its original character. Air conditioning and new carpeting were installed and the building was rewired and outfitted with audiovisual facilities and equipment. Henry Howard Smith of Atlanta was the architect for the renovation.


Alst, James Van. "Academic and Science Buildings," in "University Buildings Reference Number." Architectural Forum 54 (June 1931): 751-60.

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

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

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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