Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Seminary constructed this large Romanesque Revival building in 1894-95 as the Seminary's "Recitation Hall." Architect John Dempwolf designed the structure and its counterpart on the Gettysburg College campus which can be seen to the Northeast. The building was designed to serve all the main functions, of classrooms, library, faculty offices and dormitory rooms for students. Its construction marked a period of steady physical expansion which began under Milton Valentine, for whom it is named, a distinguished Lutheran theologian and fourth president of the seminary. Extensively renovated for the seminary's 175th anniversary in 2001, the building now features an expanded facade and state of the art classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, an auditorium, and bookstore. Continuing its pioneering role in theological education, this building hosted the first female faculty member, Bertha Paulssen, a refugee from Nazi Germany who introduced sociology and psychology to the curriculum in the mid 20th Century.
Erected 2013 by The Seminary Ridge Historic Preservation Foundation. (Marker Number 4.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Tour marker series.
Location. 39° Click for map. Marker is located on the East side of Valentine Hall, at the edge of the parking lot. It is not visible from Seminary Ridge Avenue. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Seminary Ridge Avenue, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life as a Seminary Student (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Alexander Payne (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Simon Schmucker (within shouting distance of this marker); Gettysburg Seminary Ridge Museum (within shouting distance of this marker); Samuel Simon Schmucker Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Crisis Comes to the Seminary's Back Door (about 300 feet away); Third Richmond Howitzers (about 300 feet away but has been reported missing); Manor of Maske (about 300 feet away); The Samuel Simon Schmucker House (about 300 feet away); Gettysburg Seminary (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. This marker is Stop 4 on the Seminary Ridge Historic Walking Trail.
Also see . . . President Valentine 1868-1884. Milton Valentine (Submitted on December 7, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
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