Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Administration Building

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Institution Name: Mary Baldwin College
Original/Historic Place Name: Administration Building
Location on Campus: 101 E. Frederick St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1844original construction; completed in September Unknown
1847addition of wings Unknown
1997-1998extensive renovation and modernization Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: metal
1844-present (2007)administration

Landmark designation:
National RegisterMary Baldwin College, Main Building (1973)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Administration Building was rededicated in 1998 after a year of extensive renovation and modernization. This 1997-1998 project was the first major repair and renovation the building has undergone. The $3.75 million project was paid for through a portion of a $10 million anonymous gift and matching funds.

The Mary Baldwin Room, just inside the front entrance, and the Upper Back Gallery, on the top floor, are reception areas where artifacts of the college's history are displayed. Two black iron dogs, "Ham and Jam," stand guard at the foot of the steps leading to the front entrance.

The building was constructed in September 1844. Wings were added in 1847. In 1974, it was recorded on the National Register of Historic Places. Two U.S. presidents, Woodrow Wilson and Dwight D. Eisenhower, have spoken to the people of Staunton from the front portico of the Administration Building.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Menk, Patricia. To Live in Time: The Sesquicentennial History of Mary Baldwin College. Verona, VA: Mid Valley Press, 1992.

Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. Mary Baldwin College, Main Building. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1973.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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