Atlanta in DeKalb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
Chartered in 1835 by Georgia Presbyterians near Milledgeville, Oglethorpe University was the first denominational college established in the Deep South. It perished during the Civil War and was briefly revived from 1870 to 1872 in Atlanta. Thornwell Jacobs refounded the University as a private, non-sectarian liberal arts college at the present site in 1915. Land on Peachtree Road was donated by Realtor C.H. Ashford. By 1929 Oglethorpe had acquired about 600 acres, including nearby Silver Lake, a gift from publisher William Randolph Hearst. The Gothic revival architecture on the campus was intended as a "living memorial" to Georgia’s founder, James Edward Oglethorpe. It was inspired by his honorary alma mater, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England. Four buildings of limestone and native granite, built before 1930, were designed by the noted firm of Morgan and Dillon. Phoebe Hearst Memorial Hall, Lumpton Hall with its distinctive bell tower, Hermance Stadium and the Lowry Hall section of Philip Weltner Library are on the National Register of Historic Places. The Crypt of Civilization time capsule, a vault located in Hearst Hall, was sealed
Erected 1995 by Georgia Dep. (Marker Number 044-70.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Georgia Historical Society, and the Time Capsules series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1835.
Location. 33° 52.417′ N, 84° 19.832′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in DeKalb County. Marker is at the intersection of Peachtree Road (Georgia Route 141) and Lanier Drive, on the right when traveling south on Peachtree Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4484 Peachtree Road, Atlanta GA 30319, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Samuel House Plantation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brookhaven Historic District (approx. 1.1 miles away); Solomon Goodwin’s Res. (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Cross Keys (approx. 1.3 miles away); 1917 ✯ Camp Gordon ✯ 1919 (approx. 1˝ miles away); 1941 ✯ Naval Air Station Atlanta ✯ 1959 (approx. 1˝ miles away); Ivy Street (approx. 1.9 miles away); Dodge's 16th A.C. Camp on Nancy's Creek (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
More about this marker. The Marker is located in front of the Oglethorpe University Campus.
Related marker. Click here another marker that is related to this marker. Oglethorpe University marker in Milledgeville where university was founded.
Also see . . . Oglethorpe University. New Georgia Encyclopedia website entry (Submitted on December 13, 2008, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
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