About Old Main

Formerly known as College Building and Recitation Hall, Old Main sits on College Hill. It is done in the Gothic revival style, has two spires, and is made of red brick. The building, which is the centerpoint of the three original buildings on campus, has a slate roof with snow eagles and ornate label mould. Two slender turrets stand on each side of the front door, and the building's spires have a finial. Haden Patrick Smith served as contractor and Dixon, Balburnie, and Dixon, an architectural firm in Baltimore, Maryland, designed Old Main. Dr. Bernard C. Wolff laid the cornerstone on July 24, 1854. Old Main was dedicated nearly two years later on May 16, 1856. It cost $25,136.52 1/2 to construct. Over the years, the building has served many purposes, including a lecture hall and barracks during World War I. Currently, the building serves to house Administrative offices, such as the President's office, as well as the Harold T. Miller Lecture and Recital Hall, and the Publications Office. This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Reprinted from fandm.edu)