Home of Engaged Living: The First-Year Experience
Built in 1961, refurbished in 2010

Alexander Townes was a Greenville native who graduated from Furman just before the Civil War. (He served in the Confederate army and it was he who announced Lee's surrender at Appomattox to the city in April 1865!) After the war, he studied at the University of Heidlelburg in Germany. In 1878, Charles Judson, the President of the Greenville Female College, chose him as his successor when he returned to full-time teaching at Furman. Townes built at struggling little college with the help of Mary Judson, Charles' sister, who became his "Lady Principal." he kept the college going in spite of major financial problems, and managed to build the first of four wings to the central building. He resigned in 1894 after disagreements with the trustees.

Floor Layout

Townes 100 | Townes 200 | Townes 300 | Townes 400
*Diagrams in the floor layouts are not to scale.

Floor Space

Singles: 11' x 12'
Doubles: 12' x 14'8"
Triples: 12' x 20'

Closet Space

Singles: 3'w x 2'2"d x 5'h (1)
Doubles: 5'8"w x 2'2"d x 9'2"h (2)
Triples: 5'8"w x 2'2"d x 9'2"h (3)

Window Dimensions

Singles: 4'6" wide x 6'3" high
Doubles: 4'3 wide x 5'6" high
Triples: 4'3 wide x 5'6" high

Other Dimensions

Desk: 42"w x 24"d x 30"h (cherry finish)
Mattress: 36" x 80" (extra-long twin)
Dresser: 30"w x 24"d x 30"h (cherry finish)
Chair: 18"w x 18"d x 32"h (cherry finish)


4' x 12' suite bath (shower/tub combination) with tile floors, sink, and medicine cabinet

Other Details

  • 2 beds (extra-long twin)
  • 2 desks
  • 2 desk chairs
  • 2 dressers
  • Closets in the double rooms have adjustable shelving, drawer, and hanging rod system
  • Kitchenette on each hall is equipped with full-size refrigerator, range, microwave, ironing boards, sink, and storage cabinets
  • Overhead lights in closet and room, vanity light is above bath mirror
  • Carpeted floor
  • Venetian blinds
  • Air conditioning
  • Each room is equipped with a Microfridge (combination refrigerator/freezer/microwave unit)

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