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| Institution Name: Belhaven College |
Original/Historic Place Name: Fitzhugh Hall
Location on Campus: 1500 Peachtree St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
Type of Place: Individual building
| 1911||original construction; originally one large building Unknown |
| 1927||rebuilt after fire; August 15 - October 19; recreation as two different buildings: Fitzhugh Hall and Preston Hall Lindsey, C. H. |
|Foundation: pyramidally shaped foundation of brick; mortar|
|Walls: brick; stucco (facing)|
|Roof: three-tab fiberglass shingle|
| || Function: |
|ca. 1927||other (swimming pool)|
|ca. 1927||residence hall (including student parlor)|
|ca. 1927||faculty office (dean of students)|
|ca. 1927||other (art studio, home economics laboratories)|
|ca. 2004-present (2007)||faculty offices|
|ca. 2004-present (2007)||administration|
Significance: architecture, culture, education, engineering
Landmark designation: Narrative: see below
References: see below
When Belhaven College came to occupy the Peachtree Street area in Jackson in 1911, having moved from an area close by when college buildings burned, one large building was constructed for the whole of the college. On August 9, 1927 part of this building was burned, and the college decided to raze the badly damaged central porition of the building and repair the two surviving wings into separate structures. These were named Fitzhugh and Preston Halls, after the first two presidents of the college; and a 30 x 60 ft. lagoon was built in the center of the two.
This area is the visual symbol of Belhaven College. Pictures of the area often appear on covers and inside college publications, and shots of this area from various angles often appear in local newspapers and magazines.
The architecture is attractive and typically "Southern." Significant educational and religious activities have taken place inside the classrooms and chapel, and the engineering feat of creating this whole area in sixty-six days in 1927 is historically important.
|I. Bibliographic sources: |
Gordon, James F., Jr. A History of Belhaven College 1894 to 1981. Jackson, MS: Belhaven College, 1983.
|II. Location of other data: |
|University: Library, Special Collections |