Archibald D. Holland Building

  • Built in 1914 during President Matheson’s tenure
  • Currently used for administrative services

The Archibald D. Holland Power Plant was built in the first thirty-seven years from the Institute’s founding in 1885 as the Georgia School of Technology. This period of development included steady growth of the Institute’s student body, faculty and curriculum. This period also included changes on campus due to America’s entry into World War I as the Institute was selected as the Ground Flight Training School for the Army Air Corps. Following the end of the war, Institute leaders embarked on a fundraising campaign to raise money to support the growing number of students who enrolled following the war. The campus grew by 13.5 acres and 12 buildings were constructed during this period, including the Archibald D. Holland Plant in 1914. Following the construction of the Power Plant, now the Archibald D. Holland Plant (No. 26), in 1914, there was no construction activity on campus due to America’s entry into World War I.

The Holland building retains its integrity despite multiple modifications over the years, including the replacement of some historic windows and exterior doors with modern units. Although these modifications did not result in the replacement of historic materials in-kind, the building retains its overall architectural and historic character.


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Archibald Dilsmore Holland was a professor and faculty member of Georgia Tech in the mid-1900s. The Holland Heating and Cooling Plant was named after him.

Archibald D. Holland

The plant is named for Archibald Dinsmore Holland. Holland received an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in 1930. In the 1940s, he served as the Institute's Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds and later became a professor in the School of Mechanical Engineering.