Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Mimi and Ian Rolland Art and Visual Communication Center

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Institution Name: University of Saint Francis
Original/Historic Place Name: Standard Oil Warehouses
Location on Campus: 1001 Leesburg Rd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1895original construction Unknown
2001renovation of warehouses Design Collaborative
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick; block
Roof: built-up bituminous material
ca. 1895other (warehouses)
ca. 2000-present (2007)museum
ca. 2000-present (2007)academic department building (art)

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

The Rolland Art Center at the University of Saint Francis is a 2000 renovation of two former Standard Oil warehouse structures. The art center has aesthetic qualities that were perfect for the creative firm of Design Collaborative. High ceilings, natural light, and wide open spaces contribute to the feeling of a New York artist's loft. Without formal classrooms, the center stimulates creativity and expression. It is from this restored complex that students emerge as woodworkers, photographers, painters, sculptors, printmakers, art teachers, jewelry designers, computer animators, and television and radio producers. As a cultural center, its two art galleries host exhibits and events for the enrichment of everyone in northeast Indiana.

I. Bibliographic sources:

None specified.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections

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