Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Davis House

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Institution Name: Johnson C. Smith University
Original/Historic Place Name: Dr. George E. Davis House
Location on Campus: 301 Campus St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1890soriginal construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: concrete and brick
Walls: brick with wood lath
Roof: asphalt shingles
 
Function:
ca. 1890private residence
 

Narrative:
The Mecklenburg County Historic Landmarks Commission records that Dr. George Edward Davis "was an important figure in three respects: he was the first black professor at Johnson C. Smith University, and, as Dean of the Faculty, a major shaper of education at that institution; he built a number of houses near his own as rental housing, thus molding the character of that part of the neighborhood near the university; and he was a North Carolina state agent for the Rosenwald Fund, and in that capacity had a direct hand in raising more than a half-million dollars for many of the black schools built in the state which were partially financed through the fund. The influence of George E. Davis on Johnson C. Smith, Biddleville and education for blacks in the state is unmistakable." Dr. Davis was an 1883 graduate of Biddle University, now known as Johnson C. Smith University.
 

References:

Parker, Inez Moore. The Biddle-Johnson C. Smith University Story. Charlotte, NC: Charlotte Publishing, 1975.

 

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