Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


McCoy Administration Building

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Institution Name: Rust College
Original/Historic Place Name: McCoy Administration Building
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1947original construction Gassner, Nathan & Brown
2002-2003renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: reinforced concrete spread footing
Walls: brick; plaster (facing)
Roof: slate
ca. 1947other (student services)
ca. 1947library
ca. 1947classrooms
ca. 1947-present (2007)administration

Significance: culture, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterMcCoy Administration Building (1998)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Rust College was founded in 1866. The College's buildings were erected on the site of the Union Army's Civil War Encampment area. Holly Springs is one of the oldest cultural and historic sites of North Mississippi.

The McCoy Administration Building was completed in 1947 and was originally designed and used as classroom space, the library, student services, general administrative offices, and other campus operations. The building was named for the College's eighth president, Dr. Lee Marcus McCoy, who served as the college's chief executive officer for 33 years, from 1924 to 1957. Dr. McCoy was the first alumnus to serve as president and the longest serving president in the history of the College.

The building was accepted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 19, 1998 and went through major exterior and interior renovations in 2002 and 2003. It is currently serves as the general administrative offices for various campus operations.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Sanders, Todd. McCoy Administration Building [Rust College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/ National Park Service, 1998.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library
Government Offices
Other: J.B. Cain Archives of Mississippi, Methodist & Millsaps College Archives, Millsaps-Wilson Library Millsaps College, Jackson, MS.

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