Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Carnegie Hall

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Institution Name: McKendree College
Original/Historic Place Name: Carnegie Hall
Location on Campus: College Hill, north view
Date(s) of Construction:
1911original construction Zimmerman, W. C.
Designer: W. C. Zimmerman
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick and concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
ca. 1910-1960residence hall (men's)
ca. 1960-present (2006)other (college yearbook office)
ca. 1960-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 1960-present (2006)faculty offices

First built as a men's dormitory, Carnegie Hall became a classroom and faculty office building in the 1960s. It is the westernmost building of three structures built in the 1910s and offers classical arched windows and doorways. The old student lounge with fireplace has been updated and still provides a meeting place for both students and faculty. The red brick structure has retained its character while serving the college community for almost 100 years.


McKendree College History, 1928-1978. Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing, 1996.

Selected items in College collections (including yearbooks, newspapers, catalogs, clippings). Archives. McKendree College, Lebanon, IL.

Steen, Robert, McKendree College. Lebanon, IL: McKendree College, 1948.

Walton, William A. Centennial McKendree College History with St. Clair County. Lebanon, IL: McKendree College, 1928.


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