Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Merner Fieldhouse

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Institution Name: North Central College
Original/Historic Place Name: Merner Fieldhouse
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1931original construction; dedication Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: none specified
Walls: stone; brick
Roof: none specified
1931-present (2007)gymnasium

Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Pfeiffer family (including Annie Merner Pfeiffer, Henry Pfeiffer, and Gustavus Pfeiffer) has been a generous donor to North Central College. Their collective philanthropy has made possible several buildings, including Merner Fieldhouse, which has undergone little change structurally, and is still being used for its original purpose.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Klauder, Charles Z., and Herbert C. Wise. College Architecture in America and Its Part in the Development of the Campus. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1929.

North Central College & Naperville: A Shared History, 1870-1995. Naperville, IL: North Central College, 1995.

Roberts, Clarence N. A Clear & Steady Light: A Brief History of North Central College. Naperville, IL: North Central College, 1981.

Roberts, Clarence N. North Central College: A Century of Liberal Education, 1861-1961. Naperville, IL: North Central College, 1960.

Savage, Charles. A College In Its Community. Naperville, IL: North Central College, [n.d.].

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections

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