Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Fitzhugh Hall

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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):
1911original construction; originally one large building Unknown
1927rebuilt after fire; August 15 - October 19; recreation as two different buildings: Fitzhugh Hall and Preston Hall Lindsey, C. H.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: pyramidally shaped foundation of brick; mortar
Walls: brick; stucco (facing)
Roof: three-tab fiberglass shingle
ca. 1927other (swimming pool)
ca. 1927residence hall (including student parlor)
ca. 1927classrooms
ca. 1927faculty office (dean of students)
ca. 1927other (art studio, home economics laboratories)
ca. 1927library
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

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