Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Lillian E. Dimmitt Alumni House

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Institution Name: Morningside College
Original/Historic Place Name: Lillian E. Dimmitt Residence
Location on Campus: 3527 Peters Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1921original construction Unknown
1983renovation RML Architects Lee, Robert M.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Materials:
Foundation: brick
Walls: wood
Roof: asphalt shingle
 
    Function:
1921private residence (of faculty member Lillian E. Dimmitt)
1983alumni center

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

Narrative:
This Colonial revival-style house was built in 1921 by Lillian E. Dimmitt, a classics professor at the University of the Northwest and Morningside College from 1893 to 1965. It is the only remaining faculty home of several that used to line Peters Avenue. Professor Dimmitt left her house to the College in her will.

The deteriorated building was renovated and opened as the Lillian E. Dimmitt Alumni House in 1983. Many of the original details were retained and the building is furnished much like a home, with some items having been donated by former students. Upstairs rooms are occasionally used as college staff offices, while the first level serves as a place for meetings or receptions.
 

References:
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
SHPO
Government Offices
Other: Sioux City Public Museum Archives & Research Center
 

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