Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Painter Place

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Institution Name: King College
Original/Historic Place Name: Residence of the Painter Family
Location on Campus: 337 Painter Rd. (offsite but owned by College)
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1792original construction; log cabin Unknown
1828?addition Unknown
1845?addition Unknown
1880?addition Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: log; stone
Walls: logs and mortar; brick (three layers); plaster
Roof: tin
ca. 1828private residence (served many people including the original residing farm family, the Painter family)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (rental property for the college)

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

Although Painter Place was built in Tennessee, the front porch is actually in Virginia. The back room over the kitchen was not accessible to the rest of the house. Itinerant preachers could stop by and use the "prophet's room" anytime they needed it.

The previous owner, Carrie Painter, was the radio announcer for Tennessee Ernie Ford in her younger days.

The house does have air conditioning now, an added kitchen, and an indoor bathroom. The remaining rooms have either been left as they were or have been restored to their original condition. The house is currently a rental property for the college; renters are usually employees who also care for the property.

I. Bibliographic sources:

None specified.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices
Other: Bristol Historical Association

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