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| Institution Name: Hampden-Sydney College |
Original/Historic Place Name: Union Theological Seminary Building
Location on Campus: Via Sacra
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
Type of Place: Individual building
| 1824-1830||original construction Cosby, Dabney |
| 1985||exterior restoration and interior renovation Unknown |
| || Function: |
|ca. 1830||residence hall (of faculty and students of Union Theological Seminary)|
|ca. 2004-present (2007)||residence hall|
Significance: culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
|National Register||Hampden-Sydney College Historic District (1970) |
References: see below
When it was completed in 1830, Venable Hall provided the first seminary in the South and eventually became the head institution of the Southern Presbyterian Church. The exterior was restored in 1985 and the interior modernized. It was built in three stages over six years. The significant cupola, modeled on classic forms, was hidden for nearly a century under fishtale tin shingles.
|I. Bibliographic sources: |
Brinkley, John L. On This Hill: A Narrative History of Hampden-Sydney College. Hampden-Sydney, VA: Hampden-Sydney College, 1994.
Howe, Henry. Historical Collections of Virginia. Charleston, SC: Babcock & Company, 1845.
Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission. Hampden-Sydney College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1970.
|II. Location of other data: |
|University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office |
|Government Offices |