Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Pinehurst Cottage

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Institution Name: Rollins College
Original/Historic Place Name: Ladies Cottage
Location on Campus: east side of Mills Lawn
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1885-1886original construction Rand, G. D.
1995-1996restoration Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: wood (frame); wood clapboards
Roof: wood rafters (frame); planking (4 x 4); asphalt shingle
ca. 1886-present (2007)residence hall
n.d.other (STAR unit headquarters during WWII)
n.d.other (post office)
n.d.other (offices)
n.d.academic department building (music)
n.d.president's house
n.d.dining hall

Significance: history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Pinehurst Cottage, currently the oldest building on the Rollins College campus, was the College's second building and its first residential facility. Rather than housing students in large dormitories, Rollins adopted the "cottage plan." Pinehurst Cottage was restored in celebration of its centennial.

As the only building remaining from Rollins' founding year, Pinehurst has come to symbolize the early years of both the College and the city of Winter Park, Florida (chartered in 1887). The 117-year-old structure remains a favorite of students (who saved it from fire on more than one occasion in the College's early history), and was featured by The Chronicle of Higher Education for its unique residential nature: it houses 20 students who promote academic fulfillment outside the classroom by arranging panels and group discussions.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Campen, Richard N. Winter Park Portrait: The Story of Winter Park and Rollins College. Beachwood, OH: West Summit Press, [ca. 1987].

Lane, Jack C., ed. & comp. Rollins College: A Pictorial History. Tallahassee, FL: Rose Printing Company, Inc., 1989.

MacDowell, Claire Leavitt. Chronological History of Winter Park. Winter Park, FL: Orange Press, 1960.

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

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