Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Hendricks Hall

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Institution Name: Hanover College
Original/Historic Place Name: Thomas A. Hendricks Library; Thomas A. Hendricks Memorial Building
Location on Campus: College Ave.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1903-1904original construction Patton & Miller
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: blue Bedford cut limestone
Walls: limestone; brick (Flemish bond)
Roof: metal (dome)
1952-2004faculty offices
1952-present (2007)classrooms
2004-present (2007)other (offices of the River Institute)

Landmark designation:
National RegisterThomas A. Hendricks Library (1982)
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The grand Beaux-Arts classicism and understated colonial and Georgian revival style of Hendricks Hall is a visual highlight of the campus. It is located at the top of a bluff, overlooking the Ohio River. The building is named for Hanover College alumnus, Thomas A. Hendricks, who served as a governor of Indiana, and in serving the country at a national level, a congressional representative, senator, and vice president of the United States under Grover Cleveland. His widow, Eliza A. Hendricks, donated the funds to the college to build this structure.

The building, when it was designed and built in 1903-1904 by the Chicago firm, Patton & Miller, was part of the trio of buildings forming the core of the campus in its early years: Classic Hall, Science Hall, and Hendricks Library. The library is the only building still extant of this triumvarate. It is listed on National Register of Historic Places. It served as the college library while also housing faculty offices for more than a century.Today it serves as the focus of activity for the River Institute.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Martin, John. "A Symphony of Nature and Architecture: J. Frederick Larson's Hanover College Campus." Ohio Valley History, no. 3 (Fall 2006): 25-49.

McFall, Suzanne Jane. Thomas A. Hendricks Library [Hanover College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U. S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1982.

Thomas Hendricks Library [Hanover College]. Indiana State Register of Historic Sites and Structures. Indianapolis, IN, 1980.

II. Location of other data:
University: Library, Special Collections, Unknown
—details: Archives, Hanover College.

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