Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Hardin Hall

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Institution Name: Milligan College
Original/Historic Place Name: Hardin Hall
Location on Campus: 100 Wilson Way
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1913original construction Mitchell, C. G.
1916remodeled Unknown
1920-1921renovation Unknown
1957remodeled Unknown
1992-1994renovation; addition of rotunda Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: brick
Roof: shingle
1913-1992residence hall (women)
1915-1957dining hall
1994-present (2007)auditorium
1994-present (2007)other (offices)
1994-present (2007)classrooms

Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Hardin Hall was the third building erected on the campus of Milligan College, the first being the Classroom Building (1867-1918) and the second the Mee Hall dormitory (1908-1915). Hardin was built to replace Hopwood House, the large boarding house belonging to the college's founders, which stood not far from the dormitory's location. It was named after George Williams Hardin, Vice President of the Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad, and Milligan College alumnus, trustee, treasurer, and benefactor. When completed, the three-story structure had rooms for female students on the third and second floors, rooms for the Dean of Women and other female teachers on the first floor, and music and domestic sciences rooms in the basement.

Hardin has been remodeled and renovated several times in its history. Following the destruction of Mee Hall by fire in 1915, the basement classrooms were replaced by the campus' kitchen and dining hall. In 1920-21 renovations enlarged the reception rooms and parlors and installed a new fireplace. In 1957 the basement area was again remodeled into administrative offices after the kitchen and dining room were moved into the new Sutton Hall women's dorm. Finally, in 1992 plans were announced to extensively remodel Hardin into classrooms to accommodate Milligan's new nursing program. A rotunda was added to the east side of the building during this remodeling. The Patricia Ann Arnold Nursing Science Center was dedicated in November of 1994. Hardin also houses the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program and the Eugene Price Business Administration Center, dedicated in May of 1994.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Cornwell, Cynthia Ann. Beside the Waters of the Buffalo: A History of Milligan College to 1941. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 1989.

Holloway, Clint. "Age Deo Fide et Amore: A History of Milligan College, 1940-1968." M. A. thesis, Emmanuel School of Religion, 1998.

Hopwood, Josephus. A Journey Through the Years: An Autobiography. St. Louis, MO: Bethany Press, 1932.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Facilities Management Office, Unknown
—details: Archives, Milligan College.

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