Restoration work on Bussey Hall ends | University of South Arkansas


Historic Bussey Hall, one of the architectural landmarks on the University of South Arkansas campus, has been restored to its former glory thanks to a grant from the Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council (ANCRC) .

The grant of $ 698,060 was the largest SAU has received to date from the ANCRC.

The restoration ensures that Bussey Hall will remain a viable residence for future students. The project included the removal and replacement of all insulation in the attic as well as the roof and some decks. It also included reinforcing the attic structure, installing new sinks, vanities and cabinets in each room, finishing / replacing interior doors and painting the exterior.

Bussey was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2013.

Dr Trey Berry, President of the SAU, thanked the ANCRC for its generosity. “We have a strong partnership and I am very grateful that the Council recognizes the value of this project,” he said. “The restoration of this historic building is a testament to what the ANCRC is. We are proud to be partners of the Council.

“The improvements made possible by this grant will restore Bussey Hall to the elegant state it once was,” said Dr. Donna Allen, vice-president of student affairs. “We are very grateful to have had this opportunity for our students. “

“The ANCRC has had a profound impact on campus with grants totaling over $ 2 million to fund projects such as the restoration of the Oliver Recital Hall, the Greek Theater, the Overstreet Hall, the Historic Farm and the Alexander-Warnock and Ozmer Learning Center, and now Bussey Hall, ”said Josh Kee, vice president of advancement. “We are extremely grateful for the generosity of the ANCRC to our university, our region and our state.”

The 43,569-square-foot women’s residence opened on Lane Drive in the spring of 1951 and was named after longtime dining managers Jesse and Carol Bussey (1913-1956). From its opening until today, Bussey Hall has been a home for SAU students. It offers spacious residential rooms, a computer lab, small kitchen areas, a laundry room and, on the first floor, a lobby.

Bussey Hall is home to the vibrant health and fitness learning communities, Studiers Unite and several women’s sports teams. It is part of a historic district that includes Camp Dolph and the Halls of Peace. All three were built between 1949 and 1957 and have been regarded as well-preserved examples of neo-colonial academic architecture. All three structures are listed as a Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places.

This grant is part of the university’s Love and Loyalty campaign, an effort in its final month, seeking to raise $ 22.275 million. Revitalizing facilities is a major goal of the campaign, ensuring that several classrooms and student residences remain viable for generations to come.

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