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Three Mt. Vernon Street Cottages & Nichols House

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

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Three Mt. Vernon Street Cottages, 1897

Inexpensive wood framed clap boarded box-like houses were built for students aud families who wished to board themselves and to send their children to school (PAR, June 24, 1897). By 1911, the Mt. Vernon Street Cottages were equipped with water and electricity but were sold in March  1915  (Frost Diary). "Rent for a  term was  $4.00 for each half of a Cottage or $15.00  for a full year. A family with two students in school at the College could rent a unit; no  unmarried woman could live there; no slop of any kind could be thrown within twenty yards of the house,  well, or cistern, nor could a sty or stable be built. All waste must be gotten rid of"; so stated the printed regulations for the Cottages. At some undisclosed time in the twentieth century both the houses and the street were removed, though a piece of the Street still remains as partial entrance to the Berea Community  School.  See  Ill 175

 

Nichols House, 1896
Cost: $2,300

This plain two-story wood frame structure built on "the English plan with  common  study and sleeping room, was moved to the corner of Ellipse and Depot Streets and used as a men's dorm to house twenty-four men (PAR, June 24,  1897; PCM, July 4,  1911).  The structure then  served  as a Domestic Science building where sewing and cooking classes were taught (Frost Diary, July). A post fence and a porch were added in 1817 and by 1907 it was equipped with electricity. No   date could be found for is  destruction

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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, p 48


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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, p 48.

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