Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Y. M. C. A. Hall

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Institution Name: Hanover College
Original/Historic Place Name: Y. M. C. A. Hall
Location on Campus: near athletic field
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1883original construction Unknown
1962relocation to area near athletic field Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: wood
Walls: wood
Roof: wood shingle; brick (chimney)
ca. 1883other (YMCA)
1951-1974other (meeting room)
ca. 1974theater
ca. present (2007)other (storage)

Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Beginning in 1870, Hanover College had the first college YMCA chapter in Indiana. In 1883 the college constructed a humble Greek revival/vernacular building, the first hall on a college campus specifically built for the purpose of being a YMCA. (While constructed earlier, Princeton's YMCA was built for other purposes and later became a YMCA.) In 1962, the structure was relocated to an area near the athletic fields of the campus.

Hanover College was a charter member of the international YMCA movement, which first convened in 1877 in Louisville, Kentucky. Hanover College student Luther Wishand (1872-1875) was instrumental in the formation of this international effort.

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

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