Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


George Davis Hall

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Institution Name: Knox College
Original/Historic Place Name: George Davis Science Hall
Location on Campus: Cherry St. and South St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1911original construction Patton & Miller
1981renovation Unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style(s): (Glossary)
Foundation: limestone
Walls: brick
Roof: none specified
ca. 1911other (science laboratories)
ca. 1911-present (2007)faculty offices
ca. 1911-present (2007)classrooms
ca. 1981-present (2007)academic department building (social sciences and modern languages)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (language lab)
ca. 2004-present (2007)other (campus radio station)

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

Davis Hall was the last of Knox's great Gothic revival buildings. Its brick and stone exterior mirror those of neighboring Old Main, even as its dissimilar north and south facades exhibit subtle permutations of the academic Gothic style that had evolved during the fifty years that separate the buildings. The construction of Davis Hall in the early 20th century marked the recognition and incorporation of the natural and physical sciences into Knox College's traditionally literary and theological curriculum. Each floor was designed to house a separate scientific discipline.

Davis Hall was extensively renovated in 1981; it has housed the college's social science and modern language departments since then.

I. Bibliographic sources:

Knox College. Memorials in American Colleges. Galesburg, IL: Knox College, [1930?].

II. Location of other data:
University: Special Collections

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