Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Banta Bowl

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Institution Name: Lawrence University
Original/Historic Place Name: Lawrence Bowl
Location on Campus: 1201 E. John St.
Date(s) of Construction and Designer(s):
1965original construction Lipp, Franz Orbison & Orbison Inc.
Type of Place: Landscape site
Type of landscape–
Large-scale features:
Football stadium nestled into a natural ravine; unique because it achors seating, press booth, and team rooms against and into a natural hillside.
Other characteristics:
1965-present (2007)stadium

Significance: architecture, culture, history, religion
Landmark designation:
Narrative: see below
References: see below

The Banta Bowl was built in 1965 and is named after its benefactor, George Banta Jr., a 1910 graduate of Lawrence College. It is near and dear to the hearts of the Lawrence football teams that have played there over the years. The stadium is nestled into a natural ravine and anchors seating for 5,000 spectators, the press booth, and team rooms into the natural hillside. It has been described as "the finest of its kind in the Midwest conference and one of the finest among small private colleges in the country."

I. Bibliographic sources:

Breunig, Charles. "A Great and Good Work": A History of Lawrence University, 1847-1964. Appleton, WI: Lawrence University Press, 1994.

Schumann, Marguerite E. Creation of a Campus: A Chronicle of Lawrence College Buildings and the Men Who Made Them. Appleton, WI: Lawrence University Press, 1957.

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

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