Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


DuPre Administration Building

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Institution Name: Wofford College
Original/Historic Place Name: Original Campus Home; one of four original faculty homes
Location on Campus: College Dr. (239 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303-2663)
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1854original construction Clayton, Ephraim
1881rebuilt after fire Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: wood (frame); brick painted white (facing)
Roof: none specified
1854-1949other (faculty housing)
1949-present (2007)administration

Significance: architecture, culture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation:
National RegisterWofford College Historic District (1974)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

This is one of four identical campus homes, which are fine examples of Southern middle-class townhouses of the 1850s. Notable features include the floors, mantles, stairs and other woodwork. Additions and conversion to administrative use occurred after World War II.
The house was first occupied by Professor Warren DuPre in 1855, then by his son, Professor Daniel A. DuPre, and followed by their cousin, Dean A. Mason DuPre. The house was rebuilt on the original foundations after serious damage by fire in 1881, and the interior materials and craftsmanship are therefore inferior to the other four homes. After Dean DuPre died in 1949, the building was converted to administrative uses.
The president and dean have their offices in this building, which also houses several academic support functions. There is a Board of Trustees meeting room on the second floor with several significant features, including portraits of founder Benjamin Wofford and his second wife, Maria Barron Wofford, painted from life by an itinerant painter, William Barclay.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Brabham, William H. Wofford College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1974.

Wallace, David Duncan. The History of Wofford College, 1854-1949. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 1951.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Government Offices

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