Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Coggin Academy

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Institution Name: Howard Payne University
Original/Historic Place Name: McClelland Hall
Location on Campus: DBC Campus
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1876original construction Unknown
1921addition of wing Unknown
1932top floor removal after fire Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: dirt
Walls: Mexican brick (adobe)
Roof: composition
ca. 1876other (first served as a public school building, then belonged to Daniel Baker College; used by the college as a residence hall, then library and science hall)
ca. 1953other (band hall and theater storage)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (not in use, unsafe)

Significance: culture, education, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Built by early pioneers of the county as a dwelling, this building, after being remodeled, served as the first school building erected for that purpose in Brown County. It was also used as a community gathering place. The building is situated on a parcel of land given to Presbyterians as a site for the construction of Daniel Baker College. After 1892, the two-story building was used as a science hall with the 2nd floor serving as a men's dorm. A wing was added in 1921 to house the college president. A fire destroyed the 2nd floor in 1932.

Following the merger of the two schools in 1953, the building was used as a college band hall in the 1960s, and it served in the 1980s as a storage facility for the HPU theater department. Considered unsafe and unstable, the building stands vacant today.

I. Bibliographic sources:

The Link: Alumni Magazine. Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX.

The Yellow Jacket, [n.d.]. Howard Payne University, Brownwood, TX.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections

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