In an attempt to diversify my photography and thanks to inspiration from seeing other bloggers’ work, I’ve decided to do periodic (preferably weekly) profiles of buildings that I see all the time, but take for granted.
Today’s building profile looks at the Arthur S. Demoss Learning Center (more popularly known as Demoss Hall). Demoss Hall houses a vast majority of classes for Liberty University’s residential students. Demoss is one of the oldest buildings on campus as well as one of the largest. At four stories tall, it’s grand entrance with white columns, a beautiful fountain, and a wide staircase is an icon of the university’s campus.
Demoss Hall’s Grand Lobby, accessible by walking up the front steps, is home to the International Student Center and the Jerry Falwell Museum as well as a beautiful chandelier called the Liberty Torch, but this lobby was not an original feature of the building.
According to the school’s website, Demoss Hall was first erected in 1985 as a one-story building. The top three floors were completed between then and 2003. Here’s a description of the grand lobby:
The Lobby’s construction was completed on August 11, 2003 in honor of Dr. Falwell’s 70th Birthday, and the room emulates the very essence of Falwell’s legacy. Displayed prominently above a timeless picture of the Chancellor is the school’s motto ‘Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty’, found in 2 Corinthians 3:17. The Great Seal of Liberty is displayed in brass in the center of the marble floor. Perhaps the best feature of the entire room is the custom-designed Liberty Torch chandelier that hangs from the center of the cathedral ceiling. The Liberty Torch was designed by David Norton of Jefferson Lighting in Lynchburg. Jefferson Lighting has designed many of the chandeliers found in the executive buildings in Washington D.C. The 1,400 pound fixture combines elements of the Old Testament Tabernacle of Worship with symbols of American history. Valued at $250,000, it was generously donated by Mr. David Norton himself.
Another nice feature of Demoss Hall is its rooftop patio. The patio opened during the 2012-2013 school year and has two levels offering a beautiful view of the courtyard below as well as the surrounding campus. The courtyard itself is a relaxing place to spend time, with a small fountain and plenty of shade provided by the numerous trees. The courtyard looks especially nice now as a result of the blooming trees. I spend so much time in the mundane hallways and classrooms of Demoss Hall, but now I more greatly appreciate the beauty and history behind this pillar of Liberty University’s academics.