Created By: Mars Hill University
Completed in 1909, Marshbanks Hall is the oldest surviving building designed by an identified architect, Martin Egbert Parmalee of Parmalee & Sons.Originally containing administrative offices, classrooms, two Literary Society Halls, and a one room college library; the building was known as the Library Building until 1921-1922 when it was renamed Moore Hall in honor of President Dr. Robert Lee Moore. In 1979, the building was renamed Marshbanks Hall in honor of the Marshbanks-Anderson family who were significant benefactors to the institution.
Throughout the years, Marshbanks Hall has provided office space to three of Mars Hill’s most prominent presidents; Dr. Moore, Dr. Blackwell, and Dr. Bentley. It is also home to perhaps the most enduring symbol of campus, the cupola or bell tower, that appears prominently on the Mars Hill University seal. In years past, the bell’s toll would signal the changing of classes and was said to be heard within a 3 mile radius of campus. It is said that only the “most trusted Baptist male student” was given the key to the rope-door and tasked with ringing the bell as scheduled.
This point of interest is part of the tour: A Walking Tour of Mars Hill University