Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 12: LAND USE


Aerial view of campus. Arthur Dodd photograph

Aerial view of campus. Arthur Dodd photograph, c. 1940. [pmss3193.jpg]



Recent hand-drawn map. North is at bottom of map.[pmss_drawn_map001.jpg]


Map drawn by Mary Rogers., c. 1950s [? ] North is at top of map. [PMSSmap2004.jpg]

Map of Pine Mountain Settlement School by Anon. , c.

Map of Pine Mountain Settlement School by Anon. [map_hand_colored_001.jpg


Map of area and routes to the School. [map_area_001.jpg]



The Built Environment at Pine Mountain Settlement School refers to all architectural structures as well as any other physical plant structures, such as the reservoir, bridges, stone walls, disassembled log cabins, fountains, etc. , and any structure that requires manual intervention, such as the old Swimming Pool, Root Cellar, Smoke House and the Power House. The Native American habitation near the School entrance, known as the Indian Cliff Dwelling, is also described. Maintained trails are also integral to the programs at the School and are shown in some of the maps of the School, particularly following the institution of the Environmental Education Program in 1972.

The very early buildings on the campus were the essential institutional structures. These buildings included structures such as Old LogBig Log and Burkham School House, used to house students and/or staff and provide office space and educational space. Throughout the history of the School, many of the buildings were re-purposed as required by changes in programs or additions to or reductions in staff.  Following the re-purposing, some of the buildings were re-named. For example, Big Log first held staff and students and later became the primary residence for Directors. Boy’s House was the primary residence for boys during the Boarding School years and later became the Library.

Dormitory space for students was of primary concern as the School grew and as it accommodated an older population during the boarding high school years. For example, during the boarding school years, the campus grew rapidly under the direction of Glyn Morris (1931 – 1941) and there was an urgent need to look at housing for the growing student and staff population. Morris evaluated programs, student population and staffing and what new construction would be necessary to accommodate the needs of the School. Two new buildings, one for girls and one for boys, were designed by Mary Rockwell Hook, the School architect, to meet the growing need for housing. However, they were planned just on the cusp of an economic downturn in the school finances, a re-structure in county education and the departure of Morris in 1941. Only one of the designed buildings was constructed before the Boarding School closed in 1949. This was building was West Wind.

A plan was outlined and articulated by Director Morris in his report to the Board of Trustees, (c. 1940), as follows:

F. Future Building

It seems agreed by the Board and Mr. Morris that a hundred boarding pupils is about the ideal number for Pine Mountain and that there is at present no intention of expanding beyond that, feeling that this is about the right number to conserve the quality and training tradition at Pine Mountain.

It is also agreed that about twenty-five is the maximum number of boys or girls to live in one house, that a certain individual approach and a home atmosphere is apt to be sacrificed if the number exceeds that. It is, therefore, the plan to have eventually the two girls houses, each accommodating twenty-five located up on the ridge near Pole House and near the site of the present Far House. The second boy’s house to be placed in Saw Mill Hollow, thus concentrating the boys at the lower end of the school grounds, the girls at the upper, with Laurel House, School House, and Chapel, between.

It is constantly kept in mind that any new buildings must be kept simple but practical, must be in keeping with the purpose of the school, and must be appropriate to the mountain setting, yet expressive of that distinct and artistic quality we all feel here.

It is hoped that the second girl’s house can be built in 1941 thus releasing Big Log for the much needed Guest House. [This “girls house” refers to West Wind that did see completion of construction but was soon turned over to the need for a hospital.]

If the Infirmary grows in the service as it has in the past year it will have to be expanded and replaced. It is to be hoped that some funds …

“Funds” was a key word. By 1940 the campus built environment was beginning to show its age and new structures in addition to maintenance on the older structures was taking its toll on capital funding. Further, the programs at the School following the closure of the boarding school did not demand continuous residency in dormitories.

Today, as programming changes at the School, the demands on the built environment continue to change. The complex maintenance of some 23 existing structures remains of constant concern to the Board and to the Director who governs the day to day operation of the institution. As the built environment continues to age, the maintenance demands continue to eclipse the ability to design and build new structures that would be more accommodating of new programming. Today, the delicate dance between attention to the historical importance of the built environment of the School and the need to focus attention on current and future programming for the institution is demanding increased attention from the Director, from all staff who work at the School and the Board of Trustees who monitor the health and sustainability of the institution.

Pine Mountain was placed on the National Register of Historic Landmarks in 1993, an honor that expanded the base of concern for the built environment of this unique rural settlement school to one of national importance. This designation is an honor and one that comes with responsibility. Pine Mountain has been a good steward of the designation to the extent that its funding can keep pace with the maintenance needs. As a National Register of Historic Places site, Pine Mountain is an asset to the local area and to the state of Kentucky.

To view a copy of the registration and nomination form for Pine Mountain Settlement School that was submitted to the National Parks System (U.S. Department of the Interior), see: http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/78001337.pdf

See Also:

Series 10: BUILT ENVIRONMENT (Physical Plant)
Series 12: LAND USE
GLYN MORRIS Letter to Alice Cobb 1976
  Condition of buildings, 1976


Aunt Sal’s Cabin Jubilee Cottage
Barn Landscaping – Grounds (see LAND USE, series 12)
Big Log Laurel House I
Boy’s House Laurel House II
Boy’s Industrial Building Lean To
Burkham School I Maintenance Shed (see Tool House II)
Burkham School II Maps
Chapel Milk House (Milkhouse)
Chicken House Office
Civilian Conservation Corps Cabin Old Log
Country Cottage (See Practice House) Open House
Creech Cottage [Creech Cabin]
Dancing Green Pole House
Doctor’s Cabin (“Little Log”) Practice House (Country Cottage)
Electrical Power House Reservoir
Far House I Root Cellar
Far House II Sawmill
Farm House Smoke House
Girl’s Industrial Building

Hayes Cabin

Swimming Pool & Bath House
Hill House (See Infirmary) Tool House I (Tool Shed I)
House in the Woods Tool House II (Tool Shed II)
Indian Cliff Dwelling West Wind
Infirmary (Hill House) Wiliam Creech Memorial Fountain
Zande House
Big Laurel Medical Settlement (See Series: 14)
Line Fork Medical Settlement (See Series: 14)
The Farm (land, fields) [See also Dancing in the Cabbage Patch IV]
The Dairy (pasture, facilities)
The Road (See also: Series 11 – Land Use)
Trails (See also: Series 11 – Land Use)
Rockwork (See also: Series 11 – Land Use)
 COMMUNITY NEAR PINE MOUNTAIN (Map and Community Residents)



Built Environment




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Pine Mountain Settlement School ; built environment ; architecture ; physical plant ; Reservoir ; bridges ; stone walls ; log cabins ; fountains ; Root Cellar ; Smoke House ; Power House ; Native American habitation ; Indian Cliff Dwelling ; institutional structures ; student housing ; staff housing ; office spaces ; educational spaces ; dormitory spaces ; boarding school years ; Glyn Morris ; Mary Rockwell Hook ; architects ; planning ; Guest House ; maintenance ; board of trustees ; directors ; National Register of Historic Places ; Aunt Sal’s Cabin ; Barn ; Big Log ; Boys House ; Boys Industrial Building ; Burkham School I ; Burkham School II ; Chapel ; Chicken House ; CCC Cabin ; Country Cottage ; Creech CottagePractice House ; Dancing Green ; Doctor’s Cabin ; Little Log ; Draper Industrial Building ; Electrical Power House ; Far House I; Far House II ; Farm House ; Girls Industrial Building ; Hill House ; Infirmary ; House-in-the-Woods ; Big Laurel Medical Settlement ; Line Fork Settlement ; The Farm ; The Dairy ; The Road ; Trails ; Rockwork ; Jubilee Cottage ; Landscaping ; Laurel House ; Lean To ; Maintenance Shed ; Tool House I ; Tool House II ; Milk House ; Office ; Old Log ; Open House ; Pole House ; Sawmill ; Swimming Pool ; West Wind ; Zande House ; Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;

Subject LCSH

Built Environment.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.
Architecture — United States — History
National Register of Historic Places.




Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY




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Series 10: Built Environment (Physical Plant)




Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 10: Built Environment (Physical Plant)

Coverage Temporal

1913 – 2014

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;


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Pine Mountain Settlement School Historical Collections. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

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Pine Mountain Settlement School Historical Collections. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Archival material.

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