Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Wallace Residence Hall

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Institution Name: Macalester College
Original/Historic Place Name: Wallace Hall
Location on Campus: 1632 Summit Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1906original construction Bell & Detweiler
Designer: Bell & Detweiler
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof: asphalt shingles
1906-present (2006)residence hall (originally women, now co-ed)

Wallace Hall, built in 1906, continues to be used as a residence hall for 192 students. The building underwent the second and final phase of total renovation in the summer of 2003.

The building is the oldest residence hall on campus. Its "old architecture" provide a charm and unique floor plan that are not found in the cinder block, double loaded corridors of residence halls built since the 1950s.


Macalester College. Macalester College--A Century and Beyond. St. Paul, MN: Macalester College, 1985.


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