Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Ed E. Hurley Memorial Music Building

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Institution Name: Centenary College of Louisiana
Original/Historic Place Name: Ed E. Hurley Memorial Music Building
Location on Campus: Woodlawn Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1963original construction McKelvy, Aubrey
1990music library built Unknown
2002two buildings added Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick; brick (Choral and Instrumental Halls); glass (Choral and Instrumental Halls)
Roof: composition shingle
1963-present (2007)other (performance hall)
1963-present (2007)other (musical practice rooms)
1963-present (2007)faculty offices
1963-present (2007)academic department building

Significance: architecture, engineering, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

This beautiful classical revival style red brick building with post-lintel porch and pediment is home to Centenary's outstanding conservatory, the Hurley School of Music. Completed in 1963, it has undergone two significant renovations, both in the form of additional buildings connected to the original edifice to form a multi-million dollar performing arts complex. The first of these additions, the Gladys Hurley Memorial Music Library, was built in 1990; the latest were Anderson Choral Building and Feazel Instrumental Hall, completed in 2002. These latter two halls utilize some classical revival elements in red brick, and in function they include multi-purpose rooms, faculty offices, and individual instrument practice rooms.

As meaningful as the Hurley complex is architecturally, it has an equal impact on awakening the college community and the city of Shreveport to classical music. Hurley has been and is regularly a stage for concerts and recitals presented by students, faculty, and visiting artists, and for a piano competition which draws young performers from all over the world. (The Wideman Competition memorializes a distinguished Centenary piano teacher whose pupils included Van Cliburn.) Regional Met auditions are also held here. For several years while the Shreveport Symphony waited patiently to establish a permanent location, its rehearsals were conducted in Hurley's orchestra room. As much as any other building on campus, the Hurley illustrates the pivotal role that the College has assumed in making the performing arts accessible to the general public.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Bryson, Helen R. "A History of Centenary College." M. A. thesis, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, 1941.

Centenary College, The College of Louisiana. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1979.

East Feliciana Parish Records. Clinton and Jackson, LA.

Fay, Edwin W. The History of Education in Louisiana. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1898.

Nelson, William H. A Burning Torch and a Flaming Fire: The Story of Centenary College of Louisiana. Nashville, TN: Methodist Publishing, 1931.

Varnado, Otto W. "A History of the Early Institutions of Higher Learning in Louisiana." M. A. thesis, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, 1927.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections

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