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Name Frisbie Hall (WKU)
Details Other Names - Students' Home
Date Built - 1904
Sold - 1926
Cost of Construction - $40,000

Namesake - Frisbie Hall was named after Henry H. Cherry's youngest daughter, Josephine Frisbie Cherry born August 28, 1900. She earned a degree in physical-education from Sargent University in Boston, but after moving to Tulsa for her husband's job, "she simply switched by teaching women via newspaper how to keep their figures and looks." ["Why Grow Old? Writer her Own Best Ad," May 20, 1951] She continued writing until her death. She received as many as 2 million letters a year from her fans. She was a physical education director at Western for 3 ½ years before moving to Tulsa. Josephine Lowman died in 1983 at the age of 84.

History - Frisbie Hall was a building used by the Southern Normal School & Business College as a women's dormitory. The three story brick building was built behind the original Vanmeter Hall on Center Street. The 48 rooms were carpeted and the building was heated by electricity and gas. Rooms rented for $3.00 to $4.50 per month.

Frisbie Hall became the Earle Hotel after Western Kentucky State Normal School moved to the top of the hill.

Park City Daily News, 1961 December 5:

There is one project in Bowling Green that has been accomplished in the way of renewal -- a single urban renewal project -- that has brought exclamations of delight from many areas.

Mason Hall, a girls' dormitory at 411 E. 12th St. for students at the Bowling Green College of Commerce was for many years until last summer, an unoccupied residence with a dilapidated appearance.

Joseph C. Covington, city prosecuting attorney, bought the property and gave it a face lifting that has made it into an attractive and charming looking place. The dark red brick was painted a soft warm gray and the trim was painted white to bring it to life once again. The lawn has been landscaped with effective plantings.

The name was chosen for the dormitory to honor Miss Fannie Blanche Mason, who for 40 years has been connected with the Bowling Green College of Commerce and who, for each of those 40 years, has assisted its students in finding places to live during the school year.

Miss Marlene Best is hostess and chaperone for the 16 girls who reside at Mason Hall.

Mason Hall is, so far as we can recollect, the first dormitory since the day s of Frisbie, Bailey and Cherry halls for students frequenting the class rooms of "The Towers."

These dormitories were operated under the direction of Dr. H.H. Cherry when the Southern Normal Schoo, the forerunner of Western, was flourishing at the present College of Commerce location. Frisbie Hall was the building which is now the Earle Hotel. Mrs. Frisbie, mother of Mrs. H.H. Cherry, was the matron.

Other directors of Frisbie Hall in later years were Dr. and Mrs. A.C. Burton and Dr. and Mrs. R.P. Green.

Dr. and Mrs. W.M. Bailey directed Bailey Hall, now the Reynolds Nursing Home. T his hall had a large dining room for student boarders as did Cherry Hall on the corner of Center and 12th Streets, which was operated by Mrs. Allie Bass. Mrs. Bass served as many as 250 boarders at a meal. The latter hall was opened about 1908 when the enrollment had grown so large more facilities were needed. Cherry Hall burned som years later.

Edmondson County News, 1928 June 15, ad for Frisbie Hall, private rooming house

Primary Sources & Documents:

UA96 Southern Normal School & Business College Records

Course Catalog description of building and rates

Southern Educator, 1906 Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 2-3

Southern Normal School / BG Business College Circular, Summer/Fall 1904

Citation: "A Safe and Pleasant Place for Girls and Young Women at School Away from Home," Course Catalog.

Frisbie Hall, the Home for young women of the Normal, is a modern, up-to-date, three-story building. It has hot and cold baths, steam heating, electric lights, elegant parlors, and all modern improvements. It is being repaired, renovated, replastered, papered, floors painted, new shades placed upon the windows, new rugs on the floors, the entire building, from top to bottom, fumigated under the direction of the Secretary of State Board of Health. Quarterly inspection of hygenic conditions of rooms and building by the same eminent authority has been arranged. So everything which contributes to the convenience, pleasure, health, comfort of the girls has been done, making the building scientifically safe and sanitary.

Prof. and Mrs. R.P. Green, who will have charge of superintending the Hall, will give time and attention to securing comfortable and pleasant conditions to those who are placed under their care and protection. Prof. and Mrs. Green are cultured and refined people, of mature thought, and will add an atmosphere of dignified refinement to the environment of the student's life. They will chaperone parties of girls on their outings and goings to and from church and Sunday school. They will superintend and regulate the social features of student life at the Hall and will assiduously endeavor to make all features of this complex Home pleasant and agreeable socially, and helpful educationally. No parents, who have daughters, need fear or hesitate to place them for care and guidance and protection into the hands of these superintendents, for the utmost diligence will be exerted to make the Hall home-like and render this pleasant and inviting hall an ideal home for young women away from their parents.

Under this splendid and careful superintendency, and in this refined and moral atmosphere, for all these luxurious accomodations -- free baths, electric lights, steam heating, beautiful parlors, comfortable rooms and janitor service -- a very low rate is charged. The rooms are graded according to location and size, and range in price from three dollars to four dollars and fifty cents to each occupant per month. Meals in the school's boarding home are one dollar and fifty cents per week, and in private families one dollar and seventy-five cents and two dollars, and two dollars and twenty-five cents per week. So good board and room, excellently furnished, can be obtained for from nine dollars to eleven and twelve dollars per month, with accomodations unsurpassed.
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Associated Records

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 29. Franklin Studios Collection - Franklin Studio

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 11. Collections. Subseries 29. Franklin Studios Collection - Franklin Studio

Photographs created by Franklin Studios arranged in numerical order. Images are generally numbered and duplicates are found throughout the WKU Archives Photograph Collections, especially for individual buildings. See container list for list of images in other locations.

Image of UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

Image of Frisbie Hall - Unknown

Frisbie Hall - Unknown

Frisbie Hall.