Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Bishop Whipple Hall

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Institution Name: Concordia College (MN)
Original/Historic Place Name: Bishop Whipple School
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1882original construction Unknown
1988-1989renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: brick
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingle
1882-1891other (built originally as a preparatory school for Episcopalians)
1891-1988residence hall (women's)
1989-present (2007)academic department building (classical studies, German and Norwegian, and philosophy)

Significance: architecture, education, history
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

Built as a preparatory school in 1882, this building was named for the first Episcopal Bishop of Minnesota and purchased by Norwegian Lutherans in 1891 as the Main Building of newly founded Concordia College. As facilities were added, it was mainly used as a women's residence hall. The building was renovated in 1988-1989 to accommodate academic offices and classroom space for the departments of classical studies, German and Norwegian, and philosophy.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Englehardt, Carroll. On Firm Foundation Grounded: The First Century of Concordia College (1891-1991). Moorhead, MN: Concordia College, 1991.

II. Location of other data:

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