Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Allee Gymnasium

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Institution Name: Morningside College
Original/Historic Place Name: Allee Gymnasium
Location on Campus: 3415 Peters Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1949original construction Beuttler, William
1991renovation Unknown
2001-2002restoration Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: poured concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: selvage-edged rolled roofing
1949-present (2007)gymnasium

Landmark designation:
National RegisterMorningside College Historic District (1997)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Allee Gymnasium building was a welcome addition to the campus and was heavily used. The steel truss-roof construction eliminated post and beams, allowing an open view across the gymnasium space. After upgrades in 1991 and 2001-02, the building continues to be busy with athletic activities.

Allee hosted the first NCAA basketball tournament on December 28, 1950. A magazine article of May 1950 suggested that the college received high return on the construction dollars spent for Allee Gymnasium.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Orwig, Timothy T. Morningside College: A Centennial History. Sioux City, IA: Morningside College Press, 1994.

Orwig, Timothy T. Morningside College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1997.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Government Offices
Other: Sioux City Public Museum Archives & Research Center

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