Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Fayerweather House

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Institution Name: Illinois College
Original/Historic Place Name: Fayerweather House
Location on Campus: 248 Park St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1852original construction Sturtevant, Julian
Designer: Julian Sturtevant
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: wood
Roof: asphalt shingles
1852-1929private residence
1933-present (2006)residence hall (women)

Fayerweather House was built in 1852 by Julian Sturtevant, Illinois College's first instructor and its second president. The building was one of the first frame homes constructed in Jacksonville. It is named for Elizabeth Fayerweather Sturtevant, a pioneer who came to Illinois from New England following her marriage to Julian Sturtevant in the 1820s. The building was acquired by Illinois College in 1929 and placed into service as a residence hall for women in 1933. It was refurbished and reopened in 1970 as an Honor Dormitory for women. Approximately 18 women currently reside in the building.


Caine, L. Vernon. To Heights Beyond. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1986.

Frank, Charles E. Pioneer's Progress: Illinois College, 1829-1979. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1979.

Hopper, Doris Broehl. David A. Smith: Abolitionist, Patron of Learning, Prairie Lawyer. Jacksonville, IL: Branstiter Printing Company, 2003

Rammelkamp, Charles H. Illinois College, a Centennial History: 1829-1929. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1928.

Yeager, Iver F. Julian M. Sturtevant--1805-1886: President of Illinois College, Ardent Churchman, Reflective Author. Jacksonville, IL: Trustees of Illinois College, 1999.

Yeager, Iver F., ed. Sesquicentennial Papers--Illinois College. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1982.


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