Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


President's House

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Institution Name: Judson College (AL)
Original/Historic Place Name: President's Home
Location on Campus: 406 Bibb St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1910original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: brick; stone (trim)
Roof: none specified
1910-present (2007)president's house

Significance: education, history
Landmark designation:
National RegisterJudson College Historic District (1992)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The cost of this splendid home was $12,000 when it was built in 1910 thanks to the generous gifts of Colonel B.F. Ellis, Mr. Cyrus W. Ashcraft, and their family and friends. At the entrance is a memorial tablet bearing the inscription: "The President's Home, Memorial to Zadie Ellis Ashcroft, Loyal Daughter of Judson College whose life beautifully exemplified its Highest Ideals."

The Colonial style home is built of brick with stone trim. An outstanding feature is a large stained glass window representing "A Flight to a Glorious Dawn." The window has been attributed to Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Judson presidents and their families have resided in the home through the years, including Dr. Patrick, Dr. Paul Vernon Bomar, Dr. Leroy G. Cleverdon, Dr. I. Riddle, Dr. Conwell A. Anderson, Dr. James H. Edmondson, and Dr. Norman H. McCrummen. Dr. David E. Potts and his family are its current residents.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Harris, W. Stuart. Perry County Heritage, 2 vols. Marion, AL: Friends of Perry Co. Historical and Preservation Society, 1991.

Judson College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1992.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library
Government Offices

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