Draper Building

Draper Building in the Fall

Date Built: 1938
Square Feet: 52,000

Mrs. Helen Draper Ayer of Massachusetts and later of California created a trust fund, The Draper Foundation, in memory of her Kentucky-born mothers, Mrs. Jessie Preston Draper.  She gave Berea $200,000 from this fund with the stipulation the money should be used to aid in educating students from Appalachia.  Other gifts, including $50,000 given in memory of Henry C. Munger by his sister, brought the total to $340,000, with which this colonial-style structure was built in 1938 (modeled after Independence Hall in Philadelphia).

The Draper Building includes classrooms, faculty offices, a student commons area on the 2nd and 3rd floors, campus ministry and the Danforth Chapel.

In June 2000, renovation began on the Draper Building tower for the installation of a 56-bell Carillon.  The Carillon is an instrument consisting of bells that plays like a piano or organ.  The musical instrument weighs 11 tons.  The Berea College Carillon is the largest in Kentucky.

Sandy Carringer

Sr. Administrative Assistant, Building Director
Draper 210
CPO 2124
Phone: 859-985-3263
Email: sandra_carringer@berea.edu