Centennial House Named for Class of 1968

August 21, 2018

Shot of the Centennial HouseFiftieth Anniversary gifts are a long tradition at Sewanee, and the Class of 1968, under the leadership of class chair Nolan Leake, chose as its class project the renovation of an historic Sewanee home that was recently acquired by the University. Located across Texas Avenue from Hardee-McGee Field, the home, once renovated, will provide gracious hospitality space for University and alumni events. 

Plans include four private rooms with baths and two suites of rooms, providing accommodations for several guests. In addition, a self-contained guesthouse on the grounds will provide a place for exceptional privacy and additional space for guests. The renovation will be beautifully completed, and guests will enjoy the superb service of the Sewanee Inn management team. On the main floor, the project will include a well-appointed parlor and a capacious dining salon.   


The Centennial Class

Key to raising the $1.5 million needed for the project are the efforts of the Class of  1968—known as the “Centennial Class,” as they graduated at the centennial of the University’s second founding. Over the course of the last year, leading up to its 50th reunion this past June, the class collected gifts and pledges topping the $400,000 mark. A challenge gift issued by two longtime leaders in the class spurred the effort forward. “We wanted to do something unique for our 50th reunion project,” noted Leake. “Preserving a part of Sewanee’s history gave us the perfect opportunity.” The University has, in turn, committed to name this newest campus hospitality space the Centennial House.

How your gifts can help

Every gift to the Centennial House renovation will help ensure that this important project will move forward.  Lead donors can “name” features of the building by making gifts at the levels shown below. “We are grateful to Bill Rue, C’64, for making the first lead gift (outside of the Centennial class) that will result in a named space,” said Jay Fisher, vice president for University Relations. “The William Rue suite will provide wonderful accommodations for guests of the University for many years.”

Naming opportunities 

Dining salon: $175,000

Parlor: $150,000

Lounge: $125,000

Suites (2 total; 1 available):$100,000

Guest cottage: $85,000

En-suite rooms (4): $75,000 

Porch: $50,000


Jay Fisher, vice president for 

University Relations

jafisher@sewanee.edu, 931.598.1561