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Guide to Citadel Campus Names

Coward Hall

Asbury Coward

  • Citadel Class of 1854
  • Citadel President, 1890-1909


  • Completed 1922
  • Originally called the Mess Hall
  • Named Coward Hall in 1934
  • Rebuilt in 1940
  • Remodeled in 1991

“The committee appointed in accordance wit the direction of the Board of Visitors and consisting of Colonel Thomas, Colonel Padgett and General Summerall, for the purpose of recommending names for the buildings, streets, etc., of The Citadel met on May 16, 1934, and submits the following recommendations to the Board. The numbers refer to the elements indicated on the accompanying blue print.

No. 18

Coward Hall. In honor of Colonel Asbury Coward, a distinguished officer of the Confederacy, alumnus of The Citadel and Superintendent from 1890-1908.”

Citadel Board of Visitors meeting minutes, May 17, 1934


Mess Hall, ca. 1930