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Duncan Hall-Cooperative Management and Housing Lab

1707 Russell Ave, Jefferson City, TN 37760


In 1956, Mrs. C. C. James gave the university a large, Colonial Revival style two-story dwelling bullt in the 1920s, located near the campus on Russell Avenue, as a memorial to her brother, J. C. Duncan, who died during his senior year year at Carson-Newman. In 1989, the home was renovated to serve as a showcase of textiles and other interior furnishings and as a model resident management Laboratory. This 3,468 square foot house is a facility within the School of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Duncan Hall is the "living and breathing" classroom for the upper-division course CS 432 Cooperative Management and Housing Lab. Duncan Hall provides an arena in which Family and Consumer Sciences students merge knowledge of subject matter with practical applications using high-level critical-thinking, planning, decision-making and interpersonal skills. The concepts of teamwork, cooperative learning, and leadership skills develops confidence and competence in knowing how to operate and maintain a home, and how to view housing as an income-producing career path, such as being a realtor, owner of a bed-and-breakfast, home business, etc. Concepts dealing with sustainability and green design, aging-in-place, networking with professionals and industry-related field trips are integral to the goals of the course.