In 1909 the state legislature approved construction of a women’s building on campus. The building, named for the goddess of agriculture, is three stories in height and has a full-story attic with large shed-roofed dormers. Initially the building contained dormitory rooms for 115 residents as well as parlors, laundries, kitchens, classrooms, and offices for the School of Home Economics. A gymnasium and a 250-seat cafeteria occupied the top floor. The hard pressed brick used for the walls is ochre colored, with exceptionally fine buttered mortar joints and sandstone sills and belt courses. Ground-floor brickwork is heavily rusticated. Two off-center, projecting four-story towered entrances on the facade have red sandstone Roman Ionic columns, and engaged Ionic pilasters repeat this stylistic theme on the south and west facades.
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