Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Painter Place

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Institution Name: King College
Original/Historic Place Name: Residence of the Painter Family
Location on Campus: 337 Painter Rd. (offsite but owned by College)
Date(s) of Construction:
1792original cabin
Designer: Painter, Mr.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, engineering, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: logs and stone
Walls: logs and mortar; brick (three layers), and plaster
Roof: tin
ca. 1828private residence (served many people including the residing farm family known as the Painter family)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (rental property for the college; renters are usually employees with an understanding to care for the property; note: the granddaughter of the original builder is alive in her 90s and has told us much about the property)

Although Painter Place was built in Tennessee, the front porch is actually in Virginia. The back room over the kitchen was not accessible to the rest of the house. Itinerant preachers could stop by and use the "prophet's room" anytime they needed it.

The previous owner, Carrie Painter, was the radio announcer for Tennessee Ernie Ford in her younger days.

The house does have air conditioning now, an added kitchen, and an indoor bathroom. The remaining rooms have either been left as they were or have been restored to their original condition.


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