Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Administration Building

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Institution Name: Pfeiffer University
Original/Historic Place Name: Freeman Administration Building
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1923original construction dedication September 2 Unknown
1936remodeled November 15 Poundstone, Otis C.
2002theater renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: wood; composition shingle
ca. 1923residence hall
ca. 1923gymnasium
ca. 1923classrooms
1923-present (2007)theater (250 seats)
1923-present (2007)administration
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (computer/technology center)
ca. 2004-present (2007)academic department building (drama)

Significance: culture, education, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterPfeiffer University Historic District (1999)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Originally dedicated on 2 September 1923, the Freeman Administration Building replaced the original main administrative/all-purpose structure destroyed by a fire on June 29, 1914. Under the direction of architect Otis C. Poundstone, the Administration Building was remodeled in 1936 to match a series of neoclassical buildings constructed in 1935. The interior has been upgraded several times over the successive years, most recently with the renovation of the theater in 2002.

The building stands as one of the physical points in a triangle of intellectual and social life on the North side of campus (the other two being the Henry Pfeiffer Chapel and Jane Freeman Hall).

I. Bibliographic sources:

Gore, Phyllis W. A Brief History of the Buildings of Pfeiffer College: 1885-1985. [Misenheimer, NC]: Pfeiffer College, 1985.

Hood, Davyd Foard. Pfeiffer Junior College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1999.

Master plan collection. 1957, 1958, 1961, 1967, 1968, and 2000. Archives, Pfeiffer University, Misenheimer, NC.

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

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