Along with three other new dormitories, Garland, Hedleston, and Mayes Halls were dedicated October 21-22, 1938 (Gerald W. Walton. 2008. The University of Mississippi: A Pictorial History. Nashville, TN: The Booksmith Group). Built with funds from the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, Mississippi Project 1216-DS was another of the New Deal Administration benefits to the state of Mississippi, and specifically to the University of Mississippi. This series of Georgian Revival buildings was designed by R. W. Naef and built by W. J. McGee and Son (Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Historic Resources Inventory database).
The buildings served as men’s dormitories, but are currently not in use. In 2006, they were proposed to house the first Residential College (The Collegiate Way), although instead, two new buildings were erected. The buildings are back in the news, however, and the construction bid was released in March 2013, for the renovation and restoration of the three building complex. They will become part of the School of Applied Sciences, and are proposed to house the departments of Communication Disorders, Legal Studies, and Social Work.
The buildings are part of the central core of campus, which is being converted to pedestrian/bicycle/transit use only in a series of phased developments. They are located along the axis that runs from the Lyceum Circle to Magnolia Grove, facing Magnolia Grove. The 2009 Master Plan identified the buildings as “contributing buildings” due to a “considerable legacy of architecturally significant buildings” (p. 35). As defined by The Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties With Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring, and Reconstructing Historic Buildings, the buildings are:
…essential to the historic character and image of a historic context. (p. 35)
I sure hope they keep those metal windows!