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Thrasher Hall

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Science Hall
1893, Robert R. Taylor. University Ave.

Thrasher Hall was architect Robert R. Taylor’s first brick building for Tuskegee Institute. Students and teachers erected the structure in 1893 using bricks they had made on campus. Originally called Science Hall, the building housed science laboratories and classrooms on the first two floors, with a boy’s dormitory on the third. Like most of Taylor’s dormitories (Rockefeller Hall being a rare exception), Thrasher Hall featured a three-story veranda with terraces on its main facade; above the veranda is a bell tower. Students living in the third-floor dormitory could access the upper veranda for fresh air and use the pavilion roofs as viewing terraces. In 1903, school founder Booker T. Washington renamed the building in honor of Max Bennett Thrasher, his New England-based publicist. Thrasher Hall was renovated in 1983 to house university offices. Only the exterior walls of the historic structure remain, and the bell was also removed at this time.

References

Fluker, Roderick. “Tuskegee Charts a Progressive Course: 1953-1969.” Paper presented at symposium, The Architecture of Historic Black Colleges and Universities: Principles, Legacy, and Preservation. Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, November 2015.

Massey, Dean James Earl. A Bridge Between: A Centennial History of Campus Ministry at Tuskegee University 1888–1988. Tuskegee University, n.d.

Weiss, Ellen B. Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington. Montgomery, AL: New South Press, 2012.

Weiss, Ellen B. “Tuskegee: Landscape in Black and White.” Winterthur Portfolio 36, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 19-37.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Ellen Weiss
Coordinator: 
Robert Gamble
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Timeline

  • 1893

    Built
  • 1983

    Renovated

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Citation

Ellen Weiss, "Thrasher Hall", [Tuskegee, Alabama], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AL-01-087-0056-01.

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