Louisburg renovates today, for leaders of tomorrow.
by Jonathan McNamara
LOUISBURG — Louisburg College celebrated the grand-opening of the E. Carroll Joyner House Aug. 1.
Originally built in 1915 for a local cotton broker, the 1.5 story house, located at 601 N. Main St. was renovated by the Andrus and Company contractors of Enfield.
Willard Ferm Architects of Raleigh oversaw the project.
E. Carroll Joyner, Louisburg College Golden Anniversary Council, and the Boddie Foundation contributed the total cost of $435,000 for the reconstruction of the house, according to Kurt Carlson, vice-president for institutional advancement at Louisburg College.
After years of sitting vacant and beginning to crumble, the house was transformed into a spacious student residence with four double-rooms located on the first floor and two double-rooms and two single rooms on the second floor.
It has five bathrooms, including one guest bath, all meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.
A common living and learning room on the first floor is designed to give this residence hall a home-away-from-home feel for the 13 honors students and one resident advisor, who will live there.
To be selected to live at the female only residence hall, the students must maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
“This will be a place to live and to grow,” said Mark La Branche, president of Louisburg College.
Joining other college leaders were Louisburg Mayor Karl Pernel, Candace Lenderman, director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce and Joyner, whom the house was named after due to his long-standing relationship with the college and his financial contributions toward this project.
“I know great things are going to happen here,” Joyner said.
For more information see louisburg.edu or stop by the house.