Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Carnegie Building

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Institution Name: Johnson C. Smith University
Original/Historic Place Name: Carnegie Library
Location on Campus: Building no. 11
Date(s) of Construction:
1911-1912original construction Hunter, L. L. Gordon, Frank
Designer: L. L. Hunter; Frank Gordon
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete, brick and block
Walls: brick and sandstone
Roof: wood overlaid with felt and roofing tar
1978-present (2006)other (student services; including financial aid, alumni affairs, development services and major gifts)

The Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission has recorded that Carter Hall is "the oldest structure in the city and county which possesses a cupola and circular pavilions. . . . Carter Hall is significant to what was accomplished by a newly-liberated people in an atmosphere that has been described as 'hostile.' This structure was built under trying circumstances and by people who had very meager financial resources. It is the oldest dormitory of the first and only private institution of higher learning open to black people in the immediate and surrounding communities."


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


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