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166-0002 Randolph-Macon College Buildings

Randolph-Macon College Buildings
Photo credit: Sarah Traum/Christina Osborn, 2017

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VLR Listing Date 04/17/1979

NRHP Listing Date 06/19/1979

NRHP Reference Number 79003044

Randolph-Macon College, chartered in 1830, is the oldest Methodist-related college in the United States still in operation. At the southwest corner of its 85-acre campus are the three buildings of its historic core, the first brick buildings constructed following the institution’s 1868 move to Ashland in Hanover County from Boydton in Mecklenburg County. The Italianate Washington and Franklin Hall is the school’s oldest building. Designed by B. F. Price of Alexandria and completed in 1872, it long stood in deteriorated condition but underwent an extensive restoration in the 1980s. Pace Lecture Hall (1876), also in the Italianate style, was the school’s principal academic building. The Gothic Revival Duncan Memorial Chapel (1879, pictured above) was designed by Richmond architect William West. Set in a tree-studded lawn, the Randolph-Macon College Buildings form a nostalgic image of a small late-Victorian collegiate complex set within the Ashland Historic District.

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

Updated: May 17, 2021