Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Graves Hall

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Institution Name: Morehouse College
Original/Historic Place Name: Samuel T. Graves Hall
Location on Campus: Campus Operations
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1910original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: brick
Roof: pitched shingle
1910-present (2007)residence hall

Significance: architecture, culture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation:
National RegisterAtlanta University Center District (1976)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Graves Hall was the first building on the present Atlanta campus of Morehouse College. In addition to providing suitable dormitory space for students, Graves Hall has been used as the President's residence and the campus main reception facility. Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, the sixth president of the College, often entertained students and guests at Graves Hall.

Presently, it is a dorm for freshman students. Recent preservation efforts included addition of a lift for access by the disabled, a new boiler system, and the creation of a lounge area for the members of the physical plant team.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Bacote, Clarence A. The Story of Atlanta University, A Century of Service, 1865-1965. Atlanta, GA: Atlanta University, 1969.

Campus Master Plan, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, 2002.

Carter, Edward R. The Black Side; A Partial History of the Business, Religious, and Educational Side of the Negro in Atlanta, Ga. Atlanta, GA, 1894.

Jones, Edward A. A Candle in the Dark, A History of Morehouse College. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1967.

Lyon, Elizabeth A., and Dan Durett. Atlanta University Center District [including Morehouse College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1976.

U.S. Congress. House. Committee on Natural Resources. Historically Black Colleges and Universities Historic Building Restoration and Preservation Act: Report Together with Dissenting Views (To Accompany H. R. 2921) (Including Cost Estimate of the Congressional Budget Office.) [Washington D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1993.]

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

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