Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Campus master plan and building group

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Institution Name: Agnes Scott College
Original/Historic Place Name: Campus master plan and building group
Location on Campus: entire campus
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
pre- 1997for building dates, see all other place entries Unknown
1997campus master plan Unknown
1997landscape master plan Unknown
Type of Place: Building group
Style(s) of majority of buildings: Other: 20th-century Collegiate Gothic
Style(s) of minority of buildings: Colonial revival, Postmodern, Contemporary, Regionalist/Vernacular
Building group type: Irregular; Quadrangle
Relationship to landscape:
none specified
Ideas associated with building group:
none specified
1889private residences (Decatur Female Seminary)
1997master plan (landscape)
1997master plan (campus)

Significance: architecture, education, history, landscape, religion
Landmark designation:
National RegisterSouth Candler Street--Agnes Scott College Historic District (1994)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Agnes Scott is one of a number of church-affiliated colleges organized across the South after the Civil War in an effort to revamp a sorely lacking education system. Agnes Scott was originally chartered as the Decatur Female Seminary in 1889. In 1890, Colonel George W. Scott contributed $112,250 to purchase five acres of land and build Agnes Scott Hall, also known as "Main." From that humble beginning the College has grown to 100 acres and 26 buildings plus an apartment complex, and it is recognized as a nationally prominent liberal arts college. The Board of Trustees endorsed a Master Plan in 1997 that would strengthen the College's assets and allow for future growth.

More than $120 million was invested in the College's master plan. Within a five year period the College renovated Evans Hall, McCain Library, Bradley Observatory, and three houses in the residential village; replaced the Alston Campus Center; and built the Byers Tennis courts, the Parking Deck/Public Safety Center, and the Delafield Planetarium and Science Center.

In addition to the building plan, a master landscape plan also was approved. Carol R. Johnson Associates Inc. of Boston was enlisted to bring the College's landscape into the 21st century. The plan emphasized not only the buildings, but also the abundance and variety of trees on campus. One of the most diverse urban forests in Georgia, the campus has several trees that have been named on the Georgia Landmark and Historic Tree Register.

I. Bibliographic sources:

None specified.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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