Price Memorial Hall

Coordinates: 34°31′48″N 83°59′13″W / 34.530°N 83.987°W / 34.530; -83.987
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Price Memorial Hall
Price Memorial Hall is located in Georgia
Price Memorial Hall
Price Memorial Hall is located in the United States
Price Memorial Hall
Location82 College Circle, Dahlonega, Georgia
Coordinates34°31′47″N 83°59′13″W / 34.52972°N 83.98694°W / 34.52972; -83.98694
Arealess than one acre
Built1879 (1879)
NRHP reference No.72000387[1]
Added to NRHPJanuary 20, 1972

Price Memorial Hall, also known as the Price Memorial Building, is a historic site in Dahlonega, Georgia. The hall was built on the site of the U.S. government's federal branch mint built in 1836. It burned down in 1878 and the university, one of the first Federal Land Grant Colleges, had its hall built on the foundation.[2][3] A historical marker is located on the site.[4]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 20, 1972. It is located on 82 College Circle.


Price Memorial Hall is the oldest surviving building on the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus. It currently serves as the campus's main administrative office building.

William Pierce Price[edit]

It was officially renamed in honor of UNG's founder and former Board of Trustees president, William P. Price, in 1934.[5] Price, who was also a U.S. Representative, worked diligently with the Morrill Act to ensure the university's creation as both an agricultural and military college. [6] Prior to Price's death, Price Memorial Hall was simply known as the "main building."

The Gold Steeple[edit]

The gold steeple was added to the University of North Georgia's Price Memorial Hall in 1972 with genuine Dahlonega gold. Dahlonega was where the nation's first major gold rush began in 1828. The process consisted of taking 13 ounces of gold and flattening it out to fit the size of the steeple in several sheets. The renovation was the first time the steeple had been replaced, and the project cost almost $100,000. It is the second building in Georgia to use Dahlonega gold. [7]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ About Lumpkin County Archived 2014-01-13 at the Wayback Machine Lumpkin County Government
  3. ^ Lumpkin County Comprehensive Plan Archived 2014-01-13 at the Wayback Machine; Historic Resources Chapter five page 93
  4. ^ Historical marker Flickr photograph
  5. ^ “Price Memorial Hall”, Retrieved 10 November 2014.
  6. ^ “UNG-Dahlonega Has Rich History, Deep Tradition”, Vanguard Dahlonega. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  7. ^ “College steeple gets North Georgia gold”. Rome News-Tribune, 7 Dec. 1999: 5. Retrieved 6 November 2014.

34°31′48″N 83°59′13″W / 34.530°N 83.987°W / 34.530; -83.987