Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Voorhees Hall

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Institution Name: Carroll College (WI)
Original/Historic Place Name: Elizabeth Voorhees Dormitory
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1906-1907original construction Patton & Miller
1929addition of south wing Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: Waukesha limestone
Walls: Waukesha limestone
Roof: Spanish terra cotta tiles (original); red shingle (current)
1906-1907residence hall (women)
1942-1945residence hall (Officers of the Army Air Corps 76th Division)
ca. 1946-1975residence hall
ca. 1975-present (2007)administration

Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Funding for the Voorhees Dormitory came largely from a gift made by Ralph and Elizabeth Voorhees to the college. This gift funded the construction of three campus buildings: Voorhees Dormitory (as it was known at the time of its completion in 1906), which served as a residence for women on campus. The other two buildings made possible by the generous donation were Rankin Hall of Science and a president's house that also was named after its donor: Voorhees Cottage. The latter building has since been razed.

It is possible that this building was designed by Patton & Miller, because some aspects of the structure's massing, hip roof, and rusticated stone exterior are similar to elements in the firm's other buildings. But this attribution is uncertain and requires further research.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Langill, Ellen. Carroll College: The First Century, 1846-1946. Waukesha, WI: Carroll College Press, 1980.

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

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