Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Administration Building

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Institution Name: Manchester College
Original/Historic Place Name: Baumgerdner Hall/The Bible School
Location on Campus: 604 E. College Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1889original construction (Baumgerdner Hall)
1895original construction (Bible School)
1921construction of connecting link
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Victorian, Other (Glossary)
Significance: education, history, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone block
Walls: red brick
Roof: asphalt
ca. 1889other (Bible School)
ca. 1889library
ca. 1889chapel
1889-present (2006)administration
1889-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)auditorium

The Administration Building is the last remaining part of the Manchester College Historic District which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was formerly flanked by Ikenberry and Oakwood, two residence halls, which in the early 1990s were replaced by the new Helman Hall and Oakwood Hall, respectively. The Administration Building is comprised of the two oldest buildings on campus. Bumgerdner Hall, now the east wing, was the original building constructed for classrooms and offices of then North Manchester College in 1889. The west wing of the "Ad" Building, as it is also known, was formerly the Bible School. In 1921, these two buildings were connected with a larger, central portion, creating a unified, single structure. The Administration Building has been renovated several times and currently contains offices, classrooms, and Wampler Auditorium on the west end.


Batzka, Stephen A. Manchester College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1990.

Beginnings and Traditions 80, no. 4 (May 1989).

Jones, Timothy K. Manchester College: A Century of Faith, Learning, and Service. North Manchester, IN: Manchester College, 1989.

The Rarick Daughters. "The Sunken Garden Home of Ralph G. and Vinna C. Rarick." Academic Life 82, no. 1 (1989).


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