Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Pearce Auditorium

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Institution Name: Brenau University
Original/Historic Place Name: Pearce Auditorium
Location on Campus: One Centennial Circle
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1896original construction Unknown
1983renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick stone
Roof: none specified
1896-present (2007)auditorium (seats 720)

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
National RegisterBrenau College District (1978)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Pearce Auditorium was built in 1896 and seats 720 people. The mansard roof line is pierced by several dormers; four pairs of arched doors serve as the entry. The majority of the architectural features are original. A sensitive renovation in 1983 preserved the original stained glass window. The brick has been painted, and the building is in very good condition.

Pearce Auditorium is meaningful in its capacity as the formal gathering place for the Women's College since its inception. In addition, the greater Gainesville Community uses the facility for a variety of cultural functions.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Waskiewicz, Lyn. Brenau College District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1978.

II. Location of other data:
Government Offices

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