Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project



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Institution Name: Hampden-Sydney College
Original/Historic Place Name: Rice House
Location on Campus: Atkinson Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1831original construction Cosby, Dabney
Designer: attr. to Dabney Cosby
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Federal (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: tin, metal
Ca. 1831private residence
1990-present (2006)other (Institutional Advancement / Development Office)

Estcourt was built in 1830 as a 2 over 2 with side hall. It was doubled ca. 1870, and the kitchen addition was built ca. 1900. It was remodeled into an office in 1990. The exterior is nearly original. It is memorable for the associations with the Seminary founder. Mrs. Rice was an early abolitionist and freed all her slaves.


Brinkley, John L. On This Hill: A Narrative History of Hampden-Sydney College. Hampden-Sydney, VA: Hampden-Sydney College, 1994.

Howe, Henry. Historical Collections of Virginia. Charleston, SC: Babcock & Company, 1845.

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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