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Blue Ridge Job Corps (Marion Junior College, Marion Female College)

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Marion Junior College, Marion Female College
1912, probably Clarence B. Kearfott. 245 W. Main St.

Set back behind a lawn and shaded with tall trees is the large three-story brick building that housed the Marion Junior College, which replaced an earlier structure housing the Marion Female College founded by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Southwestern Virginia in 1873. The college closed in 1967. Classrooms, administrative offices, and boarding rooms were all contained in the single building, a unitary design typical for women's colleges. The college building has a two-story Ionic portico and is topped by a polygonal cupola. Projecting end pavilions with decorative brick paneling and corner Ionic pilasters combine with the flat-topped portico to add interest to the sixteen-bay facade.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Blue Ridge Job Corps (Marion Junior College, Marion Female College)", [Marion, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 460-460.

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