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Burton Hall

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Institution Name: Denison University
Original/Historic Place Name: Burton Hall
Location on Campus: 241 West College St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1888original construction Richards, McCarty & Bulford
Designer: Richards, McCarty & Bulford
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
ca. 1888residence hall (women's; originally part of Shepardson College until it was consolidated with Denison in 1900, completely merging in 1927)
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building (music)

Built in the popular Queen Anne style of red brick, stone, and wood, Burton Hall was originally constructed as a dormitory for women. It had two floors of student rooms, with a ground level kitchen and dining area. During World War II it housed men training in Denison's V-12 military units, and today Burton provides the Music Department with office and studio space. It has undergone considerable remodeling but is a well-maintained building on Denison's fine arts campus.

Burton was built for women who attended Shepardson College, formerly the Young Ladies Institute. Shepardson women also took classes at Denison, and Shepardson consolidated with Denison in 1900, completely merging in 1927. Beginning in 1833, Granville was an important location for women's education, at one time having several women's colleges, and Burton Hall is part of the tradition of women's education that flourished in Granville. Burton was named for Dr. Nathan S. Burton and his wife, Sarah, founders of the Young Ladies Institute; Dr. Burton also served as acting president of Denison University. Burton Hall later was part of Denison's music conservatory, and in its current use, the building continues a strong association with Denison's mission of high quality music instruction. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of early women's education in Ohio.


Chessman, G. Wallace. Denison: The Story of an Ohio College. Granville, OH: Denison University, 1957.

Graham Gund Architects. Comprehensive Master Plan [Denison University]. [Cambridge, MA: Graham Gund Architects], November 1999.

Granville Ohio Historical Society and Museum. A Look at the Pictorial Past of the Village of Granville Ohio. [s.l.: s.n.], 1970.

King, Horace. Granville Massachusetts to Ohio. Granville, OH: Granville Sentinel Publishing, 1989.

Price, Matlack. "Denison University." Architectural Record 54, no. 4 (1923): 299-320.

Recchie, Nancy. Granville Historic District [Denison University]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1980.


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