Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Penshurst

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Institution Name: Hampden-Sydney College
Original/Historic Place Name: North Carolina House
Location on Campus: Via Sacra
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1830original construction Cosby, Dabney
1989exterior restoration Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Materials:
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: tin; metal
 
    Function:
1830-1895private residence (house for Seminary professors)
1895-1939president's house
1939-present (2007)private residence (dean of faculty's house)

Significance: culture, education, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterHampden-Sydney College Historic District (1970)
Narrative: see below
References: see below
 

Narrative:
Originally a standard Federal House with entry room and staircase, it was converted into center-hall form shortly before or just after the Civil War. The exterior was restored in 1989.

It was built as a house for Seminary professors, then given to the college on the condition that it become the president's house (replacing Graham Hall). It was used as such until 1939, when the outgoing president refused to move out. It served as a faculty home until its restoration and is now the Dean of Faculty's house. The date and original name are painted on the chimneys.
 

References:
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
SHPO
Government Offices
 

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