LeMoyne College Historic District (LeMoyne-Owen College)

Status: Preserved

Location: Roughly bounded by Walker and Saxon Avenues and by Neptune and Dr. Hollis F. Price Streets, in Memphis

Built: 1914-1963

Architectural Style: Colonial Revival, Modernist

Original Function/Purpose: Education

The LeMoyne College Historic District was placed on the National Register on Nov. 9, 2005.

History: The four buildings that comprise LeMoyne College Historic district are Steele Hall of 1914 (listed separately in the National Register for its significance in education), Brownlow and Sweeney Halls of 1936, and Hollis F. Price Library of 1963. The 1936 campus quadrangle is also a contributing property. Both Brownlow and Sweeney Halls, named for former college presidents, are two-story brick buildings and are Colonial Revival in style; Sweeney Hall was originally built as the president’s home. The architect for both buildings and for the quadrangle was George Awsumb. Hollis F. Price Library, named for the educator who was president from 1943 to 1970, was designed in the Modernist style by the firm of Gassner-Nathan-Browne that also designed other later campus buildings. The library features a large mosaic by Ben Shahn, an artist active in the civil rights movement.

 

Map:

Outline of the LeMoyne College Historic District.

Map of the district used in its National Register nomination.

 

City Council District: 6

Super District: 8

County Commission District: 8

DON NEWMAN