Transylvania University Plans To Replace Two Dorms

Feb 15, 2014

Changes are coming to one of the oldest colleges west of the Alleghenies.

Transylvania University campus
Transylvania University campus

Transylvania University in Lexington plans to tear down two aging dorms and build at least two new ones —and possibly a third — as part of a modernization effort aimed at attracting more students to the liberal arts college.

University Vice President Marc Matthews told the Lexington Herald-Leader the Clay and Davis dorms are "basically barracks" and not up to the standards of a 21st Century living facility.

The university applied to the city Board of Adjustment late last month to tear down two halls on campus — Clay, a freshmen dorm, and Davis, an upperclassman dorm.

The application also asks for permission to build a dorm close to Clay and Davis dorms. University officials said this week that the prospective third dorm is years away.