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Grinnell College

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founded 1853. 6th Ave. and State St.

Grinnell College was founded in 1853, and the first buildings on the campus were in the Italianate mode. Other structures were added in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Of these, mention should be made of Goodnell Hall, a mildly Romanesque Revival building designed by Stephen C. Earle in 1884. Another pre-1900 structure is Mears Hall, built in 1888, whose design reflects the then current Queen Anne with a touch of the Colonial Revival. Among the older remaining buildings are Mears Cottage, a brick dormitory for women, built in 1888 (designed by Charles D. Marvin of New York, with an addition of 1904 by Hallett and Rawson), and the original Carnegie Library building (now Carnegie Hall) of 1905 (designed by Hallet and Rawson, remodeled in 1959 by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago). The Boston firm of Brainard, Leeds and Russell designed several buildings on campus, including Herrick Chapel (1907). The most important campus buildings to visit are those of the post-World War II years.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim

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