Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Hut, The

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Institution Name: Guilford College
Original/Historic Place Name: The Hut
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1903original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1903-1919facility management building (college power plant)
ca. 1920other (storage)
ca. 1930student union
ca. 1950classrooms (language lab)
ca. 1980other (lounge and storage for custodial staff)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (office and gathering room for campus ministry)

Significance: culture, history, religion
Landmark designation:
National RegisterGuilford College (1990) and Guilford College Historic District (2001)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

As one of the older campus structures, the Hut has provided a variety of key campus functions over the past century. It was constructed as the college's power plant with money from a contribution by R.J. Reynolds. The plant was constructed in an effort to keep Guilford modern and in direct competition with other colleges already boasting electricity. Following the destruction of the generator by fire in 1919, the building served as storage space and later as a central gathering place for students. The building continues to serve students as the home of campus ministries.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Appenzeller, Herb. Pride in the Past: Guilford Athletics, 1837-1987. Greensboro, NC: Quaker Club, Guilford College, 1987.

Godwin, Gayle H. et al. Girls Are of Infinite Importance: Life in Mary Hobbs Hall at Guilford College. Greensboro, NC: Fisher-Harrison, 1977.

Guilford College. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1990.

"Guilford College Proposal for Campus Heritage Initiative, The Getty Foundation." [Guilford, NC: Guilford College], 2003.

North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Guilford College Historic District (Boundary Decrease). National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2001.

Stoesen, Alexander R. Guilford College on the Strength of 150 Years. Greensboro, NC: Board of Trustees, Guilford College, 1987.

Thorne, Dorothy Lloyd Gilbert. Guilford: A Quaker College. Greensboro, NC: J. J. Stone and Company, 1937.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Government Offices

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