Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Beatty House

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Institution Name: Chatham University
Original/Historic Place Name: Sunset Hill
Location on Campus: Woodland Rd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
ca. 1896original construction Unknown
1904remodelling Alden & Harlow
1998renovation Pfaffmann + Associates
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: wood (frame); wood (shingle)
Roof: slate
ca. 1896-1948private residence (William H. Rea family)
1949-1990residence hall
ca. 1998-present (2007)alumni center
ca. 1998-present (2007)administration (institutional advancement, communications)

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Beatty House, originally known as Sunset Hill, was built by Mary Childs and William Holdship Rea, a longtime trustee of the university. The architectural style is a significant example of colonial revival and shingle-style domestic architecture, and is similar to the popular shingled bungalows designed by H.H. Richardson. The additions of 1904 were designed by Alden & Harlow. Beatty House was acquired by the university in 1948 and remodeled as a residence hall. In 1998, Beatty House, also known as Alumnae House, was renovated again and is now the home of the Office of Insitutional Advancement (Alumnae Affairs, University Communications, and Development).

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