Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Ray Van Den Heuvel Family Campus Center

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Institution Name: St. Norbert College
Original/Historic Place Name: Van Dyke Gymnasium
Location on Campus: center of campus on the river
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1929original construction Reynolds, William E.
2000renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: metal decking; smooth-roll roofing
ca. 1929-1979classrooms
ca. 1929-1979gymnasium (and workout room)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (reflection room)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (student mail boxes)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (Dining Services, Food Service, Convenience Store)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (offices for: department of leadership, service & involvement, and cultural diversity)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (offices for: governing, programming, and media student organizations)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (meeting rooms, student organization resource rooms)

Significance: architecture, history, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Built in 1929, the Ray Van Den Heuvel Family Campus Center was originally called "The Gym." At the time of its construction it was considered the premiere indoor sports facility in Northeast Wisconsin. Many famous athletes and teams used this facility.

In 1945 the building was renamed to honor the college's first student, Frank VanDyke. This building was decommissioned in 1979 and replaced with a new sports center. In 2000, VanDyke Hall was renovated, expanded and converted to the Ray Van Den Heuvel Family Campus Center, a modern student recreation and activity center.

I. Bibliographic sources:
II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections, Facilities Management Office

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