Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Rose Terrace

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Institution Name: Mary Baldwin College
Original/Historic Place Name: Rose Terrace
Location on Campus: 120 N. Market St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1875original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: metal
ca. 1875-1919private residence
ca. 1919residence hall
ca. 1919president's house
ca. 2004-present (2007)academic department building (Master of Letters / Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance)
ca. 2004-present (2007)administration (chaplain, Learning Skills Center, Office of African-American and Multicultural Affairs, Office of Sponsored Programs and Research Development)

Significance: architecture
Landmark designation:
National RegisterRose Terrace (1979)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Rose Terrace is a striking Italianate building with decorative brickwork and chimneys. It was built ca. 1875 as a home for Holmes Erwin and purchased in 1919 by Mary Baldwin. Since then, it has been used as the president's home, a residence hall, and the office of admissions. It is listed in the Virginia Landmarks Register and the National Register of Historic Places.

I. Bibliographic sources:

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

Rose Terrace [Mary Baldwin College]. 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: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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