Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Browne Hall

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Institution Name: Urbana University
Original/Historic Place Name: Browne Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1880original construction Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt
ca. 1880dining hall
ca. 1880residence hall (women's)
ca. present (2007)other (offices)

Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Browne Hall was built in 1880 by Thomas Moses, a professor of natural science at Urbana. The building became university property in 1918. The interesting architectural features of this three-story building include dormers, elaborate scrollwork, and brackets. Additionally, burned bricks, discolored from overfiring and known as clinker bricks form a number of belt courses around the house. Two of these belt courses have a row of dogtooth bricks sandwiched between clinker bricks.

Like the other historic buildings on the Urbana campus, Browne Hall is associated with the Swedenborgian Church and Johnny "Appleseed" Chapman, its best known member.

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