College given historic building
June 08, 2012
Bryan College has been given a historic building in Lynchburg, Va., with the intention of benefitting the college.
Dr. Kevin Clauson, left, and Dr. Stephen Livesay hold a
picture of the former Jones Memorial Library building.
Bryan President Dr. Stephen Livesay said the college plans to do some minor repairs to the building, and intends to sell it. “The library is one of Lynchburg’s few examples of the formal Beaux-Arts style with a formal stairway leading from Rivermont Avenue to a grand portico with colossal columns paired with Ionic capitals. The building has an interior rotunda rising three stories from a large open main level lobby area, with ornate decorative plaster molding. The property encompasses an entire city block of 1.4 acres. We are desirous of finding someone who would purchase the library, restore and preserve this beautiful, historic facility.”
Dr. Livesay said gifts of property such as this typically are sold, with the proceeds benefitting the college, unless the college has a specific use planned.