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Morrow Hall (Arkansas College)

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1872. S. 7th St., between E. College and E. Boswell sts.
  • (Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, A Division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, Ralph Wilcox, photographer)

This two-story red brick structure was the first permanent building for Arkansas College (now Lyon College), a coeducational school founded by the Presbyterians. It is seven bays in width with a central, projecting gabled bay and arched windows with prominent pressed-mental hoods, Italianate in style. In plan, the building has a central hall with a freestanding staircase leading to the upper floor. Flanking the hall were classrooms on each floor. Three other academic buildings once stood on the block: a three-story brick administration building on the site of the present First Presbyterian Church; a chapel between the church and Morrow Hall; and a gymnasium, which has been remodeled to serve as the church’s Fellowship Hall. After the church acquired the property from the college in the 1960s, it began using the former academic building for Sunday School rooms and named it in honor of businessman and planter John P. Morrow Sr.

Writing Credits

Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors


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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "Morrow Hall (Arkansas College)", [Batesville, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 85-86.

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