Liberal Arts Hall, Davis and Elkins College
entrance of campus during winter
Madden Student Center
campus during winter
This four-story academic building was completed in 1924. Charles E. Albert Hall is pictured in the background and was completed two years later.
Backstory and Context
The campus was originally located in the southern section of Elkins on a plot of land donated by Senator Elkins. Hallie Davis Elkins, the widow of Senator Elkins, matched her father's support of the growing college by donating her estate in 1926. The gift included Halliehurst, which was used as a dormitory for the college as well as land that allowed the construction of other campus buildings.
Like many other private colleges, Davis and Elkins barely survived the economic downfall of the 1930s but flourished in the era of World War II thanks to military training programs and an influx of veterans who were supported by the GI Bill. Subsequent decades saw steady enrollment and donations that allowed the college to construct a chapel, a science center, three residence halls, an auditorium and a theater. The campus has grown to include 23 buildings on its hilly 172-acre campus.
D&E History. Davis and Elkins. Accessed April 30, 2017. https://www.dewv.edu/de-info/de-history.
Ross, Thomas Richard "Davis & Elkins College." e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 02 August 2016. Web. 30 April 2017.