This home for the President of Lenoir Rhyne University, founded in 1891 as a private Lutheran liberal arts university in Hickory, NC, consists of almost 6,700 square feet of conditioned space and almost 14,000 square feet including all outdoor living/dining space. It was designed for the private use of the president and his family, and to serve large gatherings and functions sponsored by the University.
The spaces within the home reflect the dual nature of the functions of the residence. During the design phase portion of this project, Dr. Fred Whitt, President, reflected on one small, but important part of Lenoir Rhyne’s mission statement…to build a sense of community…which is what he wanted this new home to provide. While the existing president’s house was functional, it was not as welcoming as Dr. Whitt desired.
This new residence was designed for not only his family to live in and enjoy, but also for the university community of students, faculty, colleagues and neighbors to welcome each other, gather, dine and feel the community bond that is one of the cornerstones of Lenoir Rhyne life. Dr. Whitt also wanted to create a welcoming place of comfort, peace and relaxation for family, friends and guests of the university. The stone and timber porte cochere, covered entry walkway and front covered dining area for larger gatherings create a relaxing experience as you enter the residence. The large great room with fireplace and wide-open exterior deck, along with the smaller more intimate screened patio, also help to welcome all who visit. The master bedroom suite and 3 guest bedrooms and baths provide a quite space to recharge and enjoy the peaceful setting on the beautiful wooded lot of the University grounds.
David Patrick Moses