Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Smith Hall

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Institution Name: LaGrange College
Original/Historic Place Name: College Home
Location on Campus: west side of quadrangle
Date(s) of Construction:
1842original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Greek revival, Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: shingle
 
Function:
ca. 1842library (archives)
ca. 1842facility management building
ca. 1842dining hall
ca. 1842classrooms (art studios, music practice rooms)
ca. 1842chapel (prayer hall)
ca. 1842-present (2006)student union
ca. 1842-present (2006)administration
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (computer lab)
ca. 2004-present (2006)academic department building
 

Narrative:
Smith Hall, the oldest building on the LaGrange College campus, is on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the oldest private college buildings in Georgia. The main portion of the building was constructed in 1842 of handmade brick formed from native clay. An addition was built in 1887, and a major renovation was completed in 1989 at a cost of $2.5 million. The building is named in memory of Mrs. Oreon Smith, wife of a former president of the College, Rufus W. Smith, who served from 1885 until his death in 1915. Mrs. Smith died in 1907.

Smith's four columns have been known to students through the years as "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John." The original window panes from the parlor facing the porch are of hand-poured glass.
 

References:

2002-2003 Undergraduate Bulletin. [LaGrange, GA: LaGrange College, 2002].

LaGrange College Alumnae Club. Continuing Educated Taste. LaGrange, GA: LaGrange College, [n.d.].

Thomas, Kenneth H., Jr. College Home/Smith Hall [LaGrange College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, (1982).

 

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