Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Dexter Hall

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Institution Name: Converse College
Original/Historic Place Name: Dexter Hall
Location on Campus: front campus, left of Pell Hall
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1899original construction Unknown
1960renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: seamed metal
1899-1960gymnasium (with swimming pool)
1899-present (2007)residence hall

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
National RegisterConverse College Historic District (1975)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

When it was built in 1899, Dexter Hall was a four story brick building with an entrance porch. It originally contained dormitory suites, a gymnasium, and later a swimming pool, and it was connected to Wilson Hall by a covered passage. Dexter Hall was renovated in 1960 and converted into a dormitory.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Eaddy, Mary Ann. Converse College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1975.

Kibler, Lillian Adele. The History of Converse College. Spartanburg, SC: Converse College, 1973.

Willis, Jeffrey R. Converse College: A Pictorial History. Spartanburg, SC: Converse College, 2001.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library

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