Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Elva Bryan McIver Amphitheater

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Institution Name: Meredith College
Original/Historic Place Name: Elva Bryan McIver Amphitheater
Location on Campus: East Front Campus
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s): information unknown Unknown
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Distinct topography:
Hills, woods, and local flora.
Constructed water features:
Four-acre lake constructed from natural springs.
Other characteristics:
    Function: (outdoor ampitheater)
n.d.outdoor space

Significance: culture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

In the Elva Bryan McIver Amphitheater, Meredith and her community have learned from such historic lecturers as former president Jimmy Carter and the former prime minister of Great Britain, the Right Honorable Sir Harold Wilson. The North Carolina Symphony plays its Labor Day concerts there, and it was the scene of the opening ceremonies for the 1987 summertime Olympics Festival. Among the distinguished speakers who have graced the stage are poet and Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney and author Alex Haley. College presidents have also been inaugurated from this platform, and scholars have received earned and honorary degrees there.

The Elva Bryan McIver Amphitheater is not only a Meredith possession but a community gathering place.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Annual Report of Meredith College. [n.d.]. Archives, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC.

Britt, Suzanne. Images: A Centennial Journey. Raleigh, NC: Meredith College Press, 1991.

Collection of master plans. Archives, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC.

Johnson, Mary Lynch. A History of Meredith College. Second ed. Raleigh, NC: Edwards and Broughton Company, 1972.

Robinson, Carolyn C. The Vision Revisited: A History of Meredith College, 1971-1998. Raleigh, NC: Meredith College Press, 1998.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections

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