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Excerpt from Building A College: An Architectural History of Berea College[1]

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Faculty Club, c. 1865

Known as the Stapp Log House, this small log structure was moved to Scaffold Cane Pike in the nineteenth century from the west end of Berea. It can be found on the Olmsted map of 1912 across the Pike from the Gardener's office. See ills 1& 3. The log house was named for William Stapp, a Berea Trustee (1858-66] who was one of the original signers of Berea's constitution and was also a charter member of the Glade Church [b. 1796-d. 1879]. Stapp resigned from the Board when the school under Fee's leadership espoused social equality. Being one of the early settlers in the area, both J. G. Fee and J. R. Rogers boarded with William Stapp when they first came to the ridge. When its purpose was changed in the early part of the century and given over to faculty, unmarried faculty used the log house for social activities (PCM, November  1,  1917). During April, 1920, the faculty requested the building be equipped with electricity, better furniture and a musical instrument; but "because of dangerous conditions and the large expense to improve the building to respectable repair" the Prudential Committee voted to remove the building and ultimately used the best of the logs for the construction of Sunshine Ballard Cottage that began in 1920 (PCM, July 30, 1921; September 12, 1930). When the Stapp Log House was torn down, College faculty members were given the lower floor of Bond House, Chestnut Street, to be used as a Faculty Club.

 
 

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[1] Citation: Boyce, Robert Piper. Building A College: An Architectural History of Berea College. Self-published. Berea, Ky: Berea College Printing Services, 2006, 75-76.


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Boyce, Robert Piper. Building A College: An Architectural History of Berea College. Self-published. Berea, Ky: Berea College Printing Services, 2006, p34-36.

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