Bryan listed in Historic Campus Architecture Project
November 20, 2006

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     The Bryan College campus, two of its buildings, its Grassy Bowl and a former off-campus residence hall have been listed in a new on-line database of significant architecture and landscape at independent colleges.Mercer Hall
     The Council of Independent Colleges said the Historic Campus Architecture Project is the first nationwide database of architecture and landscaping at independent colleges and universities.
     Bryan’s sites on the list include the entire campus, Mercer Hall, Rudd Chapel, the Grassy Bowl and River’s Edge Apartments.
     Dr. Richard Cornelius, professor emeritus of English, did the research, collected photographs and wrote the text for Bryan’s entries for the database. President Stephen D. Livesay called his efforts “truly a monumental task and of great significance for Bryan.”
     The “Campus” entry details development of Bryan’s hilltop setting from its earliest days through changes necessitated by the Feb. 6, 2000, fire in Mercer Hall.
     Mercer Hall, the oldest building on campus, has served as the main academic and administrative facility throughout its history. It is named for Dr. Theodore C. Mercer, Bryan’s fourth president. Dr. Cornelius’ text on the web site details changes to plans for and uses of the building through the years.
     Rudd Auditorium is a chapel and fine arts center, named in honor of Dr. Judson A. Rudd, Bryan’s third president.
     The Grassy Bowl is a natural area at the entrance to campus used by the campus community as a recreation yard or a setting for a variety of public programs.
     River’s Edge Apartments, built as Dayton’s first hospital, was owned or leased by the college at various times as its cafeteria and as a residence hall for women and for married students.
     The new web site provides extensive information about nearly 2,000 significant buildings, landscapes, campus plans and heritage sites of some 370 institutions. It includes a user-friendly search engine and bibliographic materials for further study.
     Development of the database was made possible by grants from the Getty Foundation.