Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


President's Home

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Institution Name: Wofford College
Original/Historic Place Name: Faculty Home
Location on Campus: College Dr. (429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303-3663)
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1911original construction Unknown
2000renovation McMillan, Smith & Partners
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: wood (frame); brick painted white
Roof: none specified
1911-1942private residence
1942-present (2007)president's house

Landmark designation:
National RegisterWofford College Historic District (1974)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Professor Coleman B. "Frog" Waller, who wanted to live on campus, built this house in 1911 under a lifetime occupancy agreement with the college. It was designated as the president's home in 1942. The original president's mansion, which stood on land eventually sold to the Clinchfield Railroad south and east of the campus, was demolished in the 1920s.

In its 150 year history, Wofford has had only ten presidents, and six have lived in this house: Walter K. Greene (1941-1951); Francis Pendleton Gaines (1952-1957); Charles F. Marsh (1958-1968); Paul Hardin III (1968-1972); Joab M. Lesesne Jr. (1972-2000); and Benjamin Bernard Dunlap (2000- ).

The President's home was completely renovated in 2000 (with some minor changes to the interior and exterior) under the supervision of the Spartanburg architectural firm McMillan, Smith & Partners.

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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