Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Houghton Memorial Library

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Institution Name: Huntingdon College
Original/Historic Place Name: Houghton Memorial Library
Location on Campus: 1500 E. Fairview Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1929-1930original construction Lockwood, Frank
1989construction information unknown Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: brick with concrete watertable
Walls: Oxford rugby brick
Roof: none specified
1929-present (2007)library

Landmark designation:
National RegisterHuntingdon College Campus Historic District (2000)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The library was built as a memorial to Mitchell Bennett Houghton (1844-1925), one of the founders of the Women's College of Alabama. His heirs donated $70,000 to Huntingdon College in 1929 for the construction of a library that was to be named after Houghton. The building was completed and occupied by May 1st, 1930.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Ellison, Rhoda Coleman. History of Huntingdon College: 1854-1954. Birmingham, AL: University of Alabama Press, 1954.

Enzweiler, Susan, and Trina Binkley. Huntingdon College Campus Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2000.

Memorandum to Melanie Betz from Anne Henderson, November 30, 1992. Montgomery, AL: Alabama Historical Commission.

Olmsted, Frederick Law, Jr. Report on Methodist College for Women, Montgomery, Ala. [Brookline, MA: Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architects], 1908.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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