Founded in 1884 by the Reverend J. R. Harrison, a local Baptist minister, as Southwest Virginia Institute, a college for women, in Glade Spring, Virginia, the institute moved to Bristol in 1891 and was renamed Virginia Intermont College, meaning among the mountains. Tinsley of Knoxville, Tennessee, designed the main academic building, which blends Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival, a combination that was popular for collegiate buildings constructed in Virginia during the last decades of the nineteenth century. The four-story brick building is enlivened by turrets, towers, and corbeled brickwork. Several of the buildings added to the campus during the twentieth century form a quadrangle in front of Main Hall.
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Main Hall, Virginia Intermont College
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