Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Jorden Hall

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Institution Name: University of Sioux Falls
Original/Historic Place Name: Science Hall
Location on Campus: central campus
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1908original construction Schwarz, Joseph
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: Jasper quartzite
Walls: Jasper quartzite; Kasota limestone
Roof: asphalt shingle
ca. 1908other (laboratories)
ca. 1908auditorium
ca. 1908chapel
ca. 1908library
ca. 1908-present (2007)classrooms
ca. 1908-present (2007)faculty offices
ca. 1908-present (2007)administration

Significance: education
Landmark designation:
National RegisterJorden Hall (2000)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

From the National Register report:

Jorden Hall is the oldest remaining building at the University of Sioux Falls and serves as the central architectural focus of the campus. In 1907 the college hired Joseph Schwarz, a prominent architect from Sioux Falls recognized for his work throughout the state of South Dakota, to design the building. Schwarz is credited with the design of many public commissions at the state and county level in South Dakota, including the Minnehaha County Courthouse, the Carnegia Libraries in Sioux Falls, Brookings, and Pierre, and Washington High School in Sioux Falls. Schwarz chose to design Jorden Hall in the Gothic Revival style. In South Dakota, the Gothic Revival style is most typically used for churches and is not commonly found in educational settings.

Jorden Hall was named to the National Register of Historic Places as a significant representation of the Gothic Style, and as the work of an architect important to the state of South Dakota. The structure has been well-maintained and in consistent use since it was built in 1908. Its interior has been renovated several times to accommodate varying uses.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Architecture Interiors, and Lynda Schwan. Jorden Hall [University of Sioux Falls]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 2000.

College Messenger. 1909-1910.

Jeschke, Reuben P. Dreams of the Pioneers: A Brief and Informal History of Sioux Falls College, in Commemoration of its Seventy-Fifth Anniversary. [s.l.: s.n.], 1958.

University of Sioux Falls Alumni Association. Cross Sections 2, no. 1 (Fall 1998).

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Facilities Management Office
Government Offices

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