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Bell House

Bell House

The Bell House is an important historic landmark located at 315 College Street. Its storied
history began with Nathan Beall, who built the home in the Victorian style in 1855. In 
1900, under the ownership of retired Confederate Capt. Samuel S. Dunlap, 18 massive 
Corinthian-style columns were added. The house was individually listed on the National 
Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The house was operated for 
about 20 years as Beall’s 1860 restaurant until it closed in the 1990s. In 2001, Mercer 
Trustee Gus Bell purchased the home and meticulously renovated the interior of the 
house to serve as business offices. The Bell family donated the house to the University 
in April 2008 in memory of Bell’s wife, Amanda Hancock Morris Bell. In November 
2012, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation announced a $1.5 million grant to the 
University to fund renovation efforts to create the new home of the Robert McDuffie 
Center for Strings. The newly renovated space is perfectly suited to accommodate 
the Center’s enrollment limit of 26 students, with dedicated practice rooms and teaching 
spaces on the second floor, and a 60-seat performance hall on the first floor.

Center Founder Robert McDuffie calls the Bell House “a magical and historical venue. It 
will be an inspirational home for the talented students of the Center as they continue 
their journey to becoming complete artists. The combination of classical music and the 
beauty of the Bell House

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Bell House

315 College Street, Macon, Georgia 31201


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