Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


President's House

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Institution Name: Stetson University
Original/Historic Place Name: W.A. Steed House
Location on Campus: 418 N. Woodland Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1910original construction Unknown
1987remodeled Unknown
1992addition of side porch Unknown
1994addition of garden pavilion Unknown
2003renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: continuous concrete block
Walls: wood; clapboard (over balloon frame)
Roof: Spanish flat tile
ca. 1910-1948private residence
ca. 1948-present (2007)president's house

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

This stately two-and-a-half-story home adjoining the campus was purchased by Stetson University in 1948 for use as the president's home.

A good example of Neoclassical style, it has a symmetrical façade, hip roof of tile pierced by hip dormers, and corbelled brick chimneys. Its full-height entrance porch with classical Ionic columns and pilasters features a second story balcony with French doors.

Five Stetson University presidents have lived there, from Dr. J. Ollie Edmunds to Dr. H. Douglas Lee. Warm and welcoming, the home and its gardens are often used for university entertaining and represent the face of Stetson to many. The president's home is often featured in Area Tours of Homes.

It was extensively remodeled in 1987, a large side porch was added in 1992, a garden pavilion was added in 1994, and it is currently undergoing another renovation. It 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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