Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Ice House

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Institution Name: Davis & Elkins College
Original/Historic Place Name: Ice House
Location on Campus: 100 Campus Dr.
Date(s) of Construction:
1890original construction Mott, Charles T.
Designer: Charles T. Mott (New York)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: limestone, sandstone
Walls: stone
Roof: wood shingles
1890-1923other (storage of ice supply)
1969-present (2006)other (coffee house and pub)

A cylindrical stone structure built by Stephen B. Elkins, the ice house stored the family's ice supply when they were in residence at Halliehurst during the summer months. The circular stone structure is a utilitarian storage building, but done in the same imaginative style as Halliehurst. There is a long, shingled, overhanging roof with a picturesque cupola venting the roof. A large square bin projects from the wall on ground level, and a pair of stone steps descends to the lower level, where there is an entrance door.

In 1969, the structure was refurbished and has since been used as a coffee house/pub for college events.


Ross, Thomas Richard. Davis & Elkins College: The Diamond Jubilee History. Elkins, WV: Davis & Elkins College, 1980.

Ross, Thomas Richard. Henry Gassaway Davis: An Old-Fashioned Biography. Parsons, WV: McClain Printing Co., 1994.


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