Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Simplot Hall and Simplot Dining Hall

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Institution Name: Albertson College of Idaho
Original/Historic Place Name: Simplot Hall and Simplot Dining Hall
Location on Campus: 2112 Cleveland Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1948original design Unknown
1948-present (2006)remodeled four subsequent times Hummel Architects
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: built-up bituminous material
ca. 1948-present (2007)dining hall
ca. 1948-present (2007)residence hall

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

The historic appearance of this structure has been altered only by the expansion of the dining hall. The remodeling projects have harmonized with the original design.

The significance of the building lies in its donor and namesake, J.R. Simplot of Boise, who has been a trustee of the school since 1944. Simplot, founder and president of the J.R. Simplot Company, built his first food processing plant in Caldwell just prior to WWII. His company supplied troops with food during that conflict, and the company's subsequent growth has made Mr. Simplot one of the wealthiest men in America. Many members of his family (children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) are alumni of the college.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Attebery, Louie W. Albertson College of Idaho: The Second Hundred Years. Caldwell, ID: Albertson College of Idaho, 1999.

Attebery, Louie W. The College of Idaho 1891-1991: A Centennial History. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Publishers, 1991.

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections
Other: Archives of Hummel Architects, Boise

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