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Peabody's Transformation and Building Expansion

The historic Home Economics Building and Frank W. Mayborn Building—each more than 100 years old—are being renovated, and a new 15,000-square-foot building will be constructed to connect them. When completed in January 2020, the Home Economics-Mayborn complex will offer flexible, active learning spaces, advanced technology for modernized instruction, a digital observation space for teacher training, flexible research space, a café and administrative offices.

Home Economics (originally named the Domestic Arts Building) and Mayborn (formerly called the Industrial Arts building) were the first two buildings to open in 1916 at the then-named George Peabody College for Teachers. The twin structures boasted marble floors and impressive columns, but Mayborn was the more elaborate of the two, with its limestone facings, smokestack and curved staircase.

In those days, the buildings served as a hub for instruction on nutrition, food preservation, agriculture, construction and other community-based issues of the period. Peabody College’s identity and educational offerings evolved with the times, particularly when it merged with Vanderbilt University in 1979 and rose to its current status of one of the top-ranked education schools in the nation.

Peabody is known for its commitment to making learning accessible to everyone and has long sought to model inclusivity and meet the needs of learners of all ability levels,” Zeppos said. “These learning spaces will make full use of technology, will be welcoming to all, and will be capable of adapting as teaching and learning practices evolve.
Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos
The renovations we are starting today, and the brand-new building that will connect them, are designed to meet the educational needs of the 21st century.
Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development

Construction Photos

Peabody Groundbreaking - September 5, 2018

Construction Webcam

Follow the construction live from our Peabody Construction Webcam page. Included are auto-updated images and time-lapse videos. Below is a live image from between the Home Economics and Mayborn buildings.

construction webcam

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