Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Barney-Davis Hall

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Institution Name: Denison University
Original/Historic Place Name: Barney Hall
Location on Campus: 200 South Rd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1894original construction Richards, McCarty & Bulford
1905rebuilt after fire Unknown
ca. 1990"green" (ecological) renovations Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
ca. 1894academic department building (science)
1894-present (2007)classrooms
ca. 1990-present (2007)academic department building (environmental studies and English)

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

Built in a Romanesque style of buff brick and gray sandstone trim, Barney has arched windows with hoodmolds, and features arcading on its façade. Locally quarried byer sandstone was used for its foundation. Barney was gutted by fire in 1905 and rebuilt with reinforced concrete interiors and tile floors to be fireproof. Originally it housed the science departments but was renovated in an environmentally-friendly way in the 1990s to house the McPhail Center for Environmental Studies and the English Department. It is a well-maintained building of classrooms and offices.

Barney Hall was built for the science departments at Denison, at a time when many campuses did not have separate facilities for the sciences. Science was a long-time focus of Denison's educational mission, and well-known scientists such as Charles L. Herrick taught here. The building originally was named in honor of Denison benefactor, Eliam E. Barney, whose son, trustee Eugene J. Barney, provided funds to construct Barney Hall and to rebuild it after the fire. In the 1990s, "green" renovations included installing a gray water system, removing false ceilings to bring in as much natural light as possible, and providing a natural gas heating/cooling system separate from other campus buildings. Renamed Barney-Davis Hall after the renovations, the building's historic ambiance was preserved and enhanced, while it serves as a model of environmental sustainability.

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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