Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Simmons Visual Arts Center

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Institution Name: Brenau University
Original/Historic Place Name: Leslie Southgate Simmons Memorial
Location on Campus: One Centennial Circle
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1914original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick; plaster (interior); metal (ceilings); tile (ceilings)
Roof: none specified
ca. 1914library
ca. 2004-present (2007)faculty offices (including the President's office)
ca. 2004-present (2007)academic department building (art and design faculty offices and studios)
ca. 2004-present (2007)museum (art gallery)

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

The building was constructed in 1914 by President Simmons in memory of his wife Lessie. The original stained glass windows are still in place, as are the original wood floor and Italian tile in the entry, the original Adam's style plaster ceiling and panels walls in the President's Office, the original metal ceiling in the studios, and the original fireplaces and mantels in several rooms. The building is in very good condition.

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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