Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Sickler Hall

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Institution Name: Taylor University
Original/Historic Place Name: Sickler Hall
Location on Campus: 236 W. Reade Ave. (Upland campus)
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1902original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick; stud
Roof: shingle
ca. 1902residence hall
ca. 1902classrooms
post- 1902academic department building (communication arts)
ca. 1950-present (2007)chapel
ca. 2004-present (2007)administration
ca. 2004-present (2007)alumni center

Significance: architecture, education
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

In 1902 the widow of Christopher Sickler, an early Taylor trustee, donated the funds to construct Sickler Hall. Mrs. Sickler gave out of a desire to "help young ministerial candidates obtain their educational preparation," according to William Ringenberg's Taylor University: The First 150 Years. Because of her generosity, Sickler Hall was built. Today, after more than 100 years, the building has been completely restored and serves the University well as a home for the alumni relations office, the William Taylor Foundation and the Compton Art Gallery. The building is the oldest remaining facility on campus.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Duke, Serena. "Philanthropic Women." Taylor: The Taylor University Magazine (Spring 2005).

Ringenberg, William. Taylor University: The First 150 Years. Grand Rapids, MI and Upland, IN: Eerdmans; Upland, IN: Taylor University, ca. 1996.

II. Location of other data:

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