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| Institution Name: Hampden-Sydney College |
Original/Historic Place Name: Boston House
Location on Campus: Via Sacra
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s): Type of Place: Individual building
|Roof: tin; metal|
| || Function: |
| 1829-1895||private residence (house for Seminary professors)|
| 1895-1938||private residence (professor's house)|
| 1939-present (2007)||president's house|
Significance: culture, education, history
Narrative: see below
|National Register||Hampden-Sydney College Historic District (1970) |
References: see below
Middlecourt was built with funds raised by Presbyterians and Congregationalists. They may have influenced the design, since it is more like a New England house than a Virginian one. It was restored in 1977, and the coeval kitchen quarters were restored as a guest cottage in 1981. It has been described by Virginia Landmark historians as "a significant outbuilding survival."
It was built as a home for professors at the Seminary. When the Seminary moved to Richmond in 1895, the campus was bought by Major Richard Venable and given to the College. It became a professor's house, and in 1939 it became the president's house.
|I. Bibliographic sources: |
Brinkley, John L. On This Hill: A Narrative History of Hampden-Sydney College. Hampden-Sydney, VA: Hampden-Sydney College, 1994.
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 |