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Stephenson Hall

John B. Stephenson Hall was named in 2013 to honor Berea’s seventh president, John B. Stephenson.  It is home to three of Berea’s Centers:

  • The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center (LJAC)
  • The Center for Learning Through Service (CELTS)
  • The Center for Transformative Learning (CTL)

And several of Berea’s direct service and outreach programs:

  • Partners for Education programs including GEAR UP, Woodson Math-Science Institute, and Upward Bound
  • CELTS student-led direct service programs
  • Bonner Scholars
  • Brushy Fork Institute
  • Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG)
  • Appalachian Heritage Magazine

The building has been home to learning, labor, and service since 1903.

South Side – Originally the Bruce Building

The south side of the building was built in three pieces.  The back half in 1903 as the “Woodworking Annex” of the Men’s Industrial Building. It also housed a machine shop and shoe repair shop. The front half was built in 1907 to house the Berea College Print Shop. A gift of Matilda Bruce, it was named for her father George Bruce, an innovator in the printing industry. Around 1920, the front and back halves were connected.  Combined they housed woodworking and Woodcraft until 1981, the crafts marketing and shipping department from 1981 to 1998, and Broomcraft from 1997-98.  Like many campus buildings it had a seasonal winter residence hall on the third floor.

North Side – Originally the Trades Building

The oldest section of the north side also may date from 1903 first serving as a blacksmith shop.  The building we see today was built ca.1910 as an expanded blacksmith shop, additional woodworking facility, and a printing office. It was called the Trades Building.  In 1925 the bakery moved in.  It grew from a small student enterprise serving the community into a regional commercial bakery. The Trades Building was renovated in 1936 as a state-of-the-art commercial baking facility. In 1939 the Candy Kitchen was added.  The Candy kitchen closed in 1970 and the bakery in 1975.   From the late 1970s into the 1990s it housed the college’s ground breaking “Students for Appalachia” program.  

Middle Section – The Connector

The set of builds was renovated from 1999 to 2002, joining the north and south sides. The Stephenson Connector was built in 2001. It is common space serving all of the departments in Stephenson Hall and offers lounge and kitchen facilities.

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