Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Julia A. Pratt Residence Hall

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Institution Name: Huntingdon College
Original/Historic Place Name: Julia A. Pratt Residence Hall
Location on Campus: 1500 E. Fairview Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1912original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: brick and cement
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
 
Function:
ca. 1912dining hall
ca. 1912president's house
ca. 1912residence hall
ca. 2004-present (2006)student union (meeting rooms for various clubs and organizations)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms
 

Narrative:
By the fall of 1911, the rapid increase in enrollment justified the construction of a college dormitory, and in September 1912 students moved into the newly constructed Julia A. Pratt Residence Hall. In addition to dormitory bedrooms, Pratt also housed the College president and his family. The kitchen and dining room were also relocated from Flowers Hall to the basement of Pratt Hall (Rhoda Coleman Ellison, History of Huntingdon College: 1854-1954 [Birmingham: University of Alabama Press, 1954], 170-71).

The architectural features of the new dormitory harmonized with those of John Jefferson Flowers Memorial Hall. Designed in a Tudor Revival style, Pratt Hall (like Flowers Hall) is a 3 ½ story brick building with projecting, gabled, end bays. The front facade is dominated by a three-bay wide terrace that provides access to the main building's main entrance. A three-story brick connector extends from the rear elevation of the building, connecting Pratt with the Weenona Hanson Residence Hall.
 

References:

Ellison, Rhoda Coleman. History of Huntingdon College: 1854-1954. Birmingham, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1954.

Enzweiler, Susan, and Trina Binkley. Huntingdon College Campus Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2000.

Memorandum to Melanie Betz from Anne Henderson, November 30, 1992. Montgomery, AL: Alabama Historical Commission.

Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr. Report on Methodist College for Women, Montgomery, Ala. [Brookline, MA: Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects], 1908.

 

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