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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Main Building

 
 
Main Building Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By S. C. McCullough, April 18, 2019
1. Main Building Marker (Side A)
Inscription.  Opened in 1882 and known as the Main or College Building, it contained classrooms, offices, and a chapel for student assemblies. Designed by architect H. P. McDonald and built of brick fashioned from campus clays and stone at a total cost of $81,000. Gracing the roof of the building was a tower crowned by a cupola, 157 feet in height.

A post office and bookstore opened in 1918 and a cafeteria in 1919. In the spring of 1948 the building, for the first time, housed only administrative departments. Interior renovations were carried out in 1929, 1939-40, and 1964. A fire on May 15, 2001 nearly destroyed the building, requiring extensive renovation.
Class of 2004

 
Erected 2004 by University of Kentucky. (Marker Number 2138.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureEducation. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
 
Location. 38° 2.346′ N, 84° 30.292′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is on Administration Drive, 0.1 miles S. Limestone (U.S. 27), on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 410 Administration Drive, Lexington KY 40506, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this
Main Building Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, March 27, 2021
2. Main Building Marker (Side B)
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marker. Thomas D. Clark (within shouting distance of this marker); Barker Hall and Buell Armory (within shouting distance of this marker); Gillis Building 1889 (within shouting distance of this marker); What's in a Name? (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Frances Jewell McVey / Jewell Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Margaret Isadora King / Margaret I. King Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sarah Bennett Holmes / Holmes Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away); Maxwell Place (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker. This marker was entirely funded by student donations as part of the University of Kentucky (UK) Student Development Council (SDC). Each year, by tradition, each graduating class of UK shares a piece of UK and Kentucky history through this marker program. The SDC has raised more than $110,000 for the marker program and student scholarships as part of the Live Blue Legacy Program.
 
Main Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By S. C. McCullough, April 18, 2019
3. Main Building
<i>Main Building , Kentucky State University, Lexington, Ky.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by E.C. Kropp Co., Milwaukee, circa 1930
4. Main Building , Kentucky State University, Lexington, Ky.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 30, 2019, by S. C. McCullough of Charlotte, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on May 30, 2019, by S. C. McCullough of Charlotte, North Carolina.   2. submitted on April 1, 2021, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee.   3. submitted on May 30, 2019, by S. C. McCullough of Charlotte, North Carolina.   4. submitted on May 31, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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May. 27, 2022