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Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Walter Bernard Hill Hall

Walter Bernard Hill Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By David Seibert, January 23, 2005
1. Walter Bernard Hill Hall Marker
Inscription.  This is the oldest remaining building on the Savannah State University campus. It was constructed in 1901 by the students and faculty of then Georgia State Industrial College during the administration of the college’s first president, Richard R. Wright, Sr. It is named for the chancellor of the University of Georgia at that time. President William Howard Taft visited Hill Hall in 1912 and African American soldiers trained here during World War I. The building has served as a dormitory, library, classroom and administrative building, student center, book store, and post office.
Erected 2001 by Georgia Historical Society and the Savannah State University National Alumni Association. (Marker Number 25-8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCommunicationsEducationWar, World I. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #27 William Howard Taft, the Georgia Historical Society, and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
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32° 1.372′ N, 81° 3.451′ W. Marker is in Savannah, Georgia, in Chatham County. Marker is on Felix J. Alexis Circle, 0.1 miles east of South Tompkins Road, on the right. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31404, 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. Savannah State College (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roger Lacy (Lacey) (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mercer Auto Camp (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Old Bonaventure Waterworks and Garden (approx. 1.6 miles away); Solomon's Lodge No. 1 (approx. 1.6 miles away); The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club (approx. 1.6 miles away); Bonaventure Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fred Wessels, Senior (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Savannah.
Regarding Walter Bernard Hill Hall. Walter Bernard Hill Hall was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
Additional commentary.
National Register of Historic Places:
Hill Hall at Savannah State College ** (added 1981 - Building - #81000197)
Savannah State College campus, Savannah •
Architect, builder, or engineer: Unknown •
Architectural Style: Classical Revival •
Area of Significance: Education,
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Architecture •
Period of Significance: 1900-1924 •
Historic Function: Domestic, Education •
    — Submitted August 2, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 29, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,321 times since then and 62 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 29, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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