Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Lausanne Hall

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Institution Name: Willamette University
Original/Historic Place Name: Lausanne Hall
Location on Campus: Winter St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1920original construction Unknown
ca. 1980remodelling Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick; stone (details); wood (window sashes)
Roof: composition shingle
1920-present (2007)residence hall

Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Built as a dormitory for women students and now a co-educational residence, Lausanne Hall was named for the ship that in the 1840s brought the "second reinforcement" of Methodist missionaries to theWillamette Mission, which preceded the founding of the university. It faces Winter Street on the west edge of the original campus. The rear facade features covered open porches on two levels that originally overlooked Sweetland Field, but in the 1950s this view was eclipsed by the construction of another dormitory.

The building is in excellent condition following renovation and modernization in the 1980s.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Gatke, Robert Moulton. Chronicles of Willamette, the Pioneer University of the West. Portland, OR: Binfords and Mort, 1943.

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

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