Bookstore Will Anchor Village Revitalization

March 14, 2018

Front of planned bookstore on University Avenue in the Village

The planned development of a Wellness and Recreation Commons on central campus, at the site of the current bookstore, offers an opportunity to create a new bookstore that will anchor the downtown revitalization project described in the previous issue of Impact.Built adjacent to the U.S. Post Office in Sewanee, the new University bookstore will be appointed with stacks for both commercial and textbooks; a living room, serving as a venue for relaxing or public events such as book signings or intimate concerts; a Tiger Spirit Shop for Sewanee-branded merchandise, snacks, and supplies; and places to gather, including a patio with a fireplace and a front porch. 

This project will be an important anchor for a renewed Sewanee Village, a project that is also part of the campaign. The university is working closely with Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative, LLC to develop an exciting template for the Sewanee Village.

Just down the street from the bookstore will be two magnificent public spaces that will shape the character of the place: a Village Green and the Civic Plaza.  Together, these facilities will foster a joyful common life on the Mountain. 

Sewanee is working with the firm of Wier, Boerner, and Allin on a magnificent design that seems as if it always has been here. This “clean, well-lighted place,” in the words of Ernest Hemingway, provides several naming opportunities in a distinctive space that will become a permanent feature in the civic life of Sewanee.  

Naming Opportunities

Name the Entire Project:$1 million

Tiger Spirit Shop: $500,000

Living Room: $250,000

Patio: $200,000

Reading Nook: $125,000

For more information on this project, contact the Office of University Advancement at or read this information sheet.