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This building is plain and functional, as befits a country Presbyterian college (and as directed by the Board); yet it also sports a highly academic cornice modeled on fashionable pattern books. The exterior has been restored and the interior modernized (first in 1910, more recently in 1998). Porches were added in 1910, along with a slate roof. The front of the building was originally the back, which faced the eighteenth century campus (which it also replaced).
Cushing Hall is the model for Venable Hall (seminary) and the Randolph-Macon Building in Boydton, VA.
Brinkley, John L. On This Hill: A Narrative History of Hampden-Sydney College. Hampden-Sydney, VA: Hampden-Sydney College, 1994.
Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. Hampden-Sydney College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1970.