Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Pell Hall

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Institution Name: Converse College
Original/Historic Place Name: The Annex
Location on Campus: front campus, left of Wilson Hall
Date(s) of Construction:
1891original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: seamed metal; tar and gravel
ca. 1891dining hall
ca. 1891classroom
1891-present (2006)residence hall

The Annex (now Pell Hall) was built in 1891 and was finished in time for the college's second session. Located near the Main Building and connected to it by a covered passageway on the first, second, and third floors, the Annex contained several recitation rooms, two calisthenics rooms, literary society halls, and residence rooms. In January 1892 the Main Building was destroyed by a fire, but the Annex was saved. The Annex, which served as classroom, dining area, and dormitory until the erection of Main Building, is today a dormitory. When retired President Robert P. Pell died in 1941, the Annex was re-named Pell Hall in his honor.


Eaddy, Mary Ann. Converse College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1975.


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