Buildings of Iowa State University

The Iowa State University campus contains over 160 buildings, several of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] Iowa State University's campus, specifically its Central Campus, has been recognized as one of the nations most beautiful and was listed as a "medallion site" by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1999.[2]

Campus

Iowa State's main campus features 490 acres of trees, plants and classically designed buildings. The concept of an open central campus encircled by buildings, was the vision of Iowa State's first president, Adonijah Welch. The campus is dominated by a large 20 acre central lawn known as Central Campus. Along with the University of Virginia and Yale University, ISU's central campus was listed as a "medallion site" by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 1999. It was listed as one of 25 most beautiful sites in the United States in the book The Campus as a Work of Art.[3]

Fountain of Four Seasons

The fountain was sculpted by Christian Petersen in 1941 after a request from Iowa State President Charles Friley. The previous fountain was a vertical water tower on which students would place toilet seats. President Friley hoped that with a new, beautiful fountain, students would no longer make jokes of it.

Lake LaVerne

Named for Dr. LaVerne W. Noyes, who also donated the funds to see that Alumni Hall could be completed after sitting unfinished and unused from 1905 to 1907. Dr. Noyes is an 1872 alumnus. Lake LaVerne is located west of the Memorial Union and south of Alumni Hall, Carver Hall, and Music Hall. The lake was a gift from Dr. Noyes in 1916.

Lake LaVerne is the home of two mute swans named Sir Lancelot and Elaine, donated to Iowa State by VEISHEA 1935.[4] In 1944, 1970, and 1971 cygnets (baby swans) made their home on Lake LaVerne. Previously Sir Lancelot and Elaine were Trumpeter Swans but were too aggressive and in 1999 were replaced with two mute swans. In early 2002 Sir Lancelot suffered a broken foot from chasing a campus lawnmower. Sir Lancelot underwent surgery at Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine, but after months of physical therapy efforts in returning him to Lake LaVerne were unsuccessful.[5] Early spring 2003 Lake LaVerne welcomed is new and current mute swan duo. However, in support of DNR efforts to re-establish the trumpeter swans in Iowa, university officials avoided bringing breeding pairs of male and female mute swans to Iowa State which means the current Sir Lancelot and Elaine are both female.[6]

Marston Water Tower

Iowa State is the home of the first elevated steel water tank west of the Mississippi River. Named the Marston Water Tower, it was erected in 1897 under the supervision and design of Anson Marston. The water tower was constructed due to a severe water shortage in 1895 that forced cancellation of classes. In 1978, the water tower was disconnected when the university switched to municipal water. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on May 27, 1982 and restored in 1997.

The water tower stands 168 feet (51 m) tall on an octagonal base. The tank holds 162,000 US gallons (613 m³) and is 24 feet (7 m) in diameter and 40 feet (12 m) tall. When full, the ~72,400 cubic feet (2,050 m³) of water would weigh 2,050 t.

Reiman Gardens

Main article: Reiman Gardens

Roy Reiman is a 1957 graduate of Iowa State in agriculture journalism and he is the founder of Reiman Publications. The Reiman Gardens are named for Roy and his wife Bobbi who donated $1.3 million to begin their development. Located south of Jack Trice Stadium. Opened in 1995, the gardens have grown to become the largest public garden in the state. The popular Christina Reiman Butterfly Wing was opened in November 2002.

Veenker Memorial Golf Course

Named for George F. Veenker, head football coach at Iowa State from 1931 to 1936. He was also Athletic Director from 1933 until 1945. The golf course was completed in 1938 and given its current name in 1959.

Research farm

The Western Iowa Experimental Farm is to be found in Castana.

Current buildings

This is an incomplete listing of buildings at Iowa State University. Click on the building title for additional building information.

"A"
Building Year Square footage Named for Occupied by Picture
Administrative Services Building 1998 47,861 IT Services
Agronomy Hall 1952 262,568 Agronomy, Environmental Science, Meteorology 50px
2008 34,500 Alumni Association
1956 8,811 Ellen H. Richards
Benjamin R. Andrews
Human Services
Applied Science I 1965 49,704 Microelectronics Research Center 50px
Applied Science II 1990 48,145 Center for Nondestructive Evaluation
Applied Science III 1994 12,374 Center for Nondestructive Evaluation
1924 89,563 Public Safety, Military Science, Art/Design 50px
1969 39,451 John Vincent Atanasoff Computer Science
"B"
Building Year Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1918 23,769 Clara Barton Residency
1906 104,209 William Miller Beardshear University Administration
2004 88,195 Steve and Debbie Bergstrom Athletics
1967 167,867 Charles E. Bessey Botany, Ecology 50px
1964 122,504 Athletics, Recreational Services
Biorenewables Research Center 2010 72,979 Biorenewables Research
Birch Hall 1923 40,574 Residency
1985 117,941 Henry M. Black Mechanical & Industrial Engineering 50px
Buchanan Hall 1964 94,573 Residency 50px
"C"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1898 755 Music
1969 133,454 George Washington Carver Mathematics
1893 29,432 Carrie Chapman Catt Liberal Arts and Sciences
1964 59,713 Iowa Public Radio/ISUtv
Crop Genome Informatics Laboratory 1961 8,032 Agronomy Administration
1950 107,858 Electrical & Computer Engineering
Curtiss Hall 1909 102,338 Charles F. Curtiss Agriculture/ Economics/ Anthropology 50px
"D"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1922 39,359 J. Brownlee Davidson Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering 50px
1978 163,028 Architecture, Art and Design, Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture
1989 108,200 Charles W. and Marge Henningson Durham Electrical and Computer Engineering 50px
"E"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1906 29,888 Anthropology, Sociology
1907 26,162 Admissions, Orientation, Records and registration
2002 86,380 Gordon Pryor Eaton Residency
Environmental Health and Safety Building 2005 35,110 Environmental Health and Safety
Extension 4-H Building 2003 23,356 4-H Extension
"F"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1865 7,020 University Museums 50px
1973 22,404 J. W. Fisher Iowa State Center
Food Sciences Building 1928 137,478 Food Sciences 50px
1940 138,703 Barbara E. Forker Kinesiology, Athletics 50px
Frederiksen Court 2000 21,130 x 23 buildings Residency 50px
1916 27,594 Alice Freeman Residency
1985 363,963 Charles Edwin Friley Residency
"G"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
2003 113,800 Russell and Ann Gerdin Business College
1914 259,293 Henry Gilman Chemistry 50px
General Services Building 1933 135,154 Facilities Planning & Maintenance
Genetics Lab 1933 15,948 Entomology
"H"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1940 40,031 Carl Hamilton Greenlee School of Journalism, Iowa State Daily 50px
Hach Hall 2008 136,287 Clifford Hach ('47 chemical technology) and Kathryn Hach Darrow Chemistry
1970 61,448 Economics, Sociology 50px
1958 151,250 Maurice D. Helser Residency
1971 241,671 James H. Hilton Iowa State Center, Athletics
2007 40,528 Christina Hixson Dean of Students, Athletics
2004 81,817 Gary Hoover Engineering admin, Material Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering 50px
Horticulture Hall 1915 68,830 Horticulture
1999 192,944 Stanley Howe Engineering admin, Virtual Reality Applications Center 50px
1992 5,978 Dining 50px
Human Nutrition Building 1992 34,374 Food Science
"I"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
Industrial Education II 1926 44,234 Agriculture & Biosystems Engineering
Insectary Lab 1928 18,572 Entomology
Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion 1918 11,011 Animal Science
"J"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1996 45,499 Richard O. Jacobson Athletic Department
2002 8,880 Martin C. Jischke Honors Program
1973 64,439 Jack Trice Athletic Department
"K"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
Kildee Hall 1965 183,973 Animal Science 50px
1901 13,342 President's Residency 50px
"L"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1983 16,336 Faculty Senate 50px
1912 115,893 Virgil S. Lagomarcino Psychology, Education
Landscape Architecture Building 1901 11,494 English 50px
1990 236,201 Recreational Services, Athletics 50px
1915 24,042 Mary B. Lyon Residency
Larch Hall 1971 101,228 Residency
LeBaron Hall 1958 61,547 Helen LeBaron Hilton Family and Consumer Science 50px
Linden Hall 1957 103,829 Residency
"M"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
MacKay Hall 1911 86,386 Family and Consumer Science, Human Development & Family Studies
1967 101,229 Residency
1903 59,769 Anson Marston Engineering administration
2004 88,777 Archie and Nancy Martin Residency
2007 316,713 Memorial Union, Dining 50px
1992 206,086 Molecular Biology
1891 27,172 Justin Smith Morrill Museum 50px
1980 62,005 Music
"N"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1934 17,453 Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering
"O"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1950 29,155 Baker Center, Library, Psychology 50px
1975 38,850 Athletics
1938 137,120 Residency
"P"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
Palmer Building 2000 34,352 Human Development
1925 325,488 W. Robert Parks Library
1962 79,848 Raymond A. Pearson Human Development, World Languages
Power Plant Facilities Planning & Maintenance 50px
"R"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
Complex Complex Anna E. Richardson Residency Complex
Roberts Hall 1936 40,574 Residency
1973 85,861 Earle D. Ross English, Political Science, History 50px
2004 Roy J. Carver
"S"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1975 123,392 Carl Scheman Iowa State Center 50px
Schilletter/University Village complex complex Residency apartments
Science I 1916 95,086 Geology 50px
Science II 1972 123,487 Natural Resources Management, Entomology
Seed Science 1977 40,794 Seed Science 50px
1883 3,840 Margaret Sloss Women's Studies 50px
1939 39,176 George W. Snedecor Statistics 50px
1953 107,630 Frank H. Spedding Statistics
1913 66,595 Recreational Services
1969 66,595 Clifford Y. Stephens Iowa State Center 50px
Student Services Building 1918 34,311 Dean of Students 50px
1927 109,540 Orland Russell Sweeney Chemical Engineering 50px
"T"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
Thielen Student Health Center 1997 33,238 Student Health 50px
Complex Complex Residency Complex
1971 110,452 George R. Town Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Transit Hub 2002 463 Public Safety 50px
"U"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
2003 Residency
"V"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1976 347,613 Veterinary Medicine
"W"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
1967 103,778 Henry A. Wallace Residency
1929 40,574 Mary B. Welch Residency
1949 56,541 Harley A. Wilhelm IPRT
Willow Hall 1969 101,229 Residency
1967 103,778 James Wilson Residency
"Z"
Building Year
Completed
Square-
footage
Named for Occupied by Picture
Zaffarano Physics Addition 1968 79,268 Daniel J. Zaffarano Physics

Past and future buildings

Past buildings
Building Year
completed
Year
destroyed
Cause Named for Occupied by Picture
1884 2004 Demolished English/ Business
Old Main 1874 1902 Burnt down Administration
1966 2005 Imploded Albert Boynton Storms Residency
1966 2005 Imploded Seaman Asahal Knapp Residency
Future buildings
Building Started Completion
date
Cost Named for To be occupied by Picture
Basketball practice facilities 2008 2009 Athletics
Troxel Hall 2010 2012 Douglas Troxel, '64 All departments

Timeline

Year Event
1860 Construction starts on Farm House
1884 Construction of English Office Building finished
1891 Construction of Morrill Hall finished
1891 First run of Dinkey on July 4
1892 Addition made to the English Office Building
1892 Construction of The Hub
1895 Severe water shortage; classes cancelled; spurred construction of the Marston Water Tower
1897 Construction for the Campanile was started on Central Campus
1897 Construction of the Marston Water Tower
1903 Construction of Marston Hall finished
1904 Construction first started on what would be the Alumni Hall
1897 End of operation of Dinkey; start of operation of an electric streetcar
1908 Construction of Central Building finished
1908 President's, Vice President's, and Treasurer's offices moved from Office Building to Beardshear Hall
1920 Edgar W. Stanton dies and 26 bells are added to the carillon in the Campanile (36 bells total)
1929 Construction of the Memorial Union finished
1938 Central Building renamed to Beardshear Hall
1940 English department moves into Office Building and is renamed to English Office Building
1941 The Fountain of Four Seasons is sculpted by Christian Petersen.
1954 13 more bells were added to the carillon in the Campanile (49 bells total)
1967 Bessey Hall opens for use
1967 1 more bell was added to the carillon in the Campanile (50 bells total)
1969 Construction of Stephens Auditorium finished
1973 English and speech departments relocate from English Office Building to Ross Hall & Pearson Hall, respectively.
1978 Alumni Hall placed on the National Register of Historic Places
1978 The Marston Water Tower is disconnected from use
1982 The Marston Water Tower is added to the National Register of Historic Places
1983 Marston Hall placed on the National Register of Historic Places
1984 Library named the W. Robert and Ellen Sorge Parks Library
1996 Morrill Hall determined unsafe for occupancy
1997 Restoration of the Marston Water Tower
1999 Central Campus is listed as a "medallion site" by the American Society of Landscape Architects
2003 Control of the Memorial Union was transferred to ISU
2004 English Office Building demolished
2004 The Gerdin Business Building, a new high-tech 111,000 square foot (10,000 m²) building equipped with the latest state-of-the-art technology, opens to provide more space for the collage which was previously located in Carver Hall.
2005 Two of the Towers residence halls, Knapp and Storms, demolished by implosion
2007 Newly renovated Morill Hall holds grand opening; houses Christian Petersen Art Museum[29]
2009 Renovations of Snedecor Hall are to be completed and the building is to be opened in May

Footnotes

References

Coordinates: 42°01′35″N 93°38′47″W / 42.02639°N 93.64639°W / 42.02639; -93.64639 (Iowa State University)

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