Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Chaudoin Hall

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Institution Name: Stetson University
Original/Historic Place Name: Chaudoin Hall
Location on Campus: 601 N. Woodland Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1892original construction Pearson, George T.
1894north wing Pearson, George T.
1935south wing Unknown
1982renovation Unknown
1994renovation of south wing Miller, W. Kenneth
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: continuous brick
Walls: masonry brick
Roof: composition shingle
ca. 1892student union (formal parlor)
ca. 1892other (university guest rooms)
ca. 1892other (suite for Dean of Women)
ca. 1892-1937dining hall (including kitchen)
ca. 1892-present (2007)residence hall
ca. 1937infirmary

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
National RegisterStetson University Campus Historic District (1991)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

This three-story residence hall was built in 1892 and expanded in 1894 at a total cost of $62,000. It was named for W.N. Chaudoin, former university trustee and past president of the Florida Baptist Convention, with which Stetson University was affiliated in the past. Major donors were John B. Stetson and C.T. Sampson, a university trustee. In 1935, another wing was added at a cost of $44,000, underwritten by the Florida Baptist Convention. Notable architectural features are a cupola within a balustrade on the crown of the roof and a large front veranda with a fan and sidelights over the entrance.

Stetson's last dean of women (who was later dean of students), the late Etter Turner, lived in Chaudoin from 1931 to 1977 and said, "For those students who have lived here, Chaudoin (is) the living room of the campus." Its full-length veranda, formal parlor with working fireplace, and graceful interior staircase recall the charm of an earlier day.

Chaudoin Hall was renovated in 1982 and 1994, and is in excellent condition.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Johnston, Sidney. "The Historic Stetson University Campus in DeLand, 1884-1934." Florida Historical Quarterly (January 1992): 281-304.

Lycan, Gilbert L. Stetson University: The First Hundred Years. DeLand, FL: Stetson University Press, 1983.

Shiver, W. Carl. Stetson University Campus Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1991.

A Walk with the Founders: Stetson University Campus Historic District. Booklet. [DeLand, FL: Stetson University/Public Relations Office], 1996.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Government Offices
Other: Office of Marketing and Communications, Stetson U.

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