Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Doane Administration Building

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Institution Name: Denison University
Original/Historic Place Name: Doane Academy
Location on Campus: 100 South Rd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1895original construction Richards, McCarty & Bulford
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
1895-1927other (preparatory school, Doane Academy)
ca. 2004-present (2007)administration

Significance: architecture, education, history, religion
Landmark designation:
National RegisterGranville Historic District (1980)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Completed in 1895 as the Doane Academy, the Romanesque Revival building was constructed of buff Oakland pressed brick, with Amherst stone trimmings. Locally quarried sandstone was used for the foundation. It featured lovely semicircular carved arches supported by columns in the entryway, and arched windows. Two pairs of chimneys and a hipped slate roof crown its four floors. Currently the Doane Administration Building houses administrative offices, including those of the president and provost. It is a well-maintained building that has been converted from classroom to office use.

Originally built for the college preparatory school, Doane was named for Denison trustee and benefactor, William Howard Doane. The Cincinnati industrialist and hymn composer donated money to construct a separate building to house the prep school, an important component of Denison's educational mission for almost 100 years. Doane Academy was a fully-accredited high school that closed in 1927, when improvements in public high school education made it redundant. Doane Academy housed all of the prep school functions and included a chapel on the top floor. The structure represents an era in both educational and campus history and remains a vital part of the campus.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Chessman, G. Wallace. Denison: The Story of an Ohio College. Granville, OH: Denison University, 1957.

Graham Gund Architects. Comprehensive Master Plan [Denison University]. [Cambridge, MA: Graham Gund Architects], November 1999.

Granville Ohio Historical Society and Museum. A Look at the Pictorial Past of the Village of Granville Ohio. [s.l.: s.n.], 1970.

King, Horace. Granville Massachusetts to Ohio. Granville, OH: Granville Sentinel Publishing, 1989.

Price, Matlack. "Denison University." Architectural Record 54, no. 4 (1923): 299-320.

Recchie, Nancy. Granville Historic District [Denison University]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1980.

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

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