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Davis Hall

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1914, H. Rus Warne

The second college building, now the oldest remaining, is a dark red brick three-story dormitory. It was designed to house men students in one wing and women in the other, with social spaces open to both in between. The architectural expression of this arrangement is an extraordinarily long building with two wings of fourteen bays that flank a slightly taller but narrower central block. The prominent hipped roofs of the wings, with extensive overhangs, give something of a Prairie Style feeling, although this is likely unintentional. The building, which fits no stylistic category, is typical of designs that Warne provided for several state colleges in the early twentieth century. A later, unappealing one-story extension protrudes in front of the central block.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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