Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Graham Hall (front portion)

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Institution Name: Hampden-Sydney College
Original/Historic Place Name: President's House
Location on Campus: center
Date(s) of Construction:
1833original construction Perry, John Perry, Reuben
1916addition of gymnasium wing
1978addition of porch
Designer: John Perry; Rueben Perry
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Federal (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: slate (originally cedar shakes)
ca. 1833president's house
ca. 1916gymnasium
ca. 2004-present (2006)admissions office (also post office and bookstore)

Graham Hall was originally the house of Jonathan Cushing, "second founder" of the college, who established the modern curriculum. Its kitchen building (now gone) was the birthplace of Union Theological Seminary.

Graham was originally used as a home for the college president. In 1916 a wing was built as the college's first purpose-built gymnasium, and it has also served as the alumni office and as a dormitory. It currently houses the college's admissions office, post office, and bookstore. The porch was built in 1978, and the interior has been remodeled.


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.


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