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112-0057 Sonner-Payne Hall

Sonner-Payne Hall
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For additional information, read the Nomination Form PDF

VLR Listing Date 10/14/1986

NRHP Listing Date 01/29/1987

NPS property number 87000007

Sonner-Payne Hall, is the architectural focal point for Randolph-Macon Academy, a co-educational preparatory school founded in 1892. Topped by a dome and fronted by a portico articulating a lengthy facade, the Georgian Revival structure is also a visually prominent landmark for Front Royal. Randolph-Macon began as preparatory school of the former Randolph-Macon system of colleges and academies. The system was established by the Methodist Church in 1890, and at one time embraced three preparatory schools and two colleges. The Front Royal school has offered military training since 1917. Sonner-Payne Hall was designed built by J. P. Pettyjohn of Lynchburg as a multi-purpose structure, originally providing faculty and student housing, classrooms, administration offices, dining room, and library. Although it remains affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Randolph-Macon is now operated as an independent entity.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018