Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Evan R. Spalt International Center

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Institution Name: Antioch College
Original/Historic Place Name: Corry Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1955original design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
1990renovation
Designer: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, engineering
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: tar, gravel
 
Function:
ca. 1955other (common space)
1955-present (2006)residence hall (originally men's until 1990, now co-ed foreign students)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (education abroad office)
 

Narrative:
Originally named Corry Hall, this building was constructed using the Youtz-Slick "lift-slab" method, a revolutionary technique of raising buildings in the early 1950s. Concrete floors were raised using motorized jacks that slowly lifted each slab into place on a steel frame. The men's dormitory was closed pending renovation in 1990, and then reopened as the Evan R. Spalt International Center, headquarters of Antioch Education Abroad, which had established an important model for study abroad in 1958.
 

References:

Building A Campus: One Hundred Years of Architecture at Antioch College. Pamphlet. Dayton, OH: printed for Dayton Art Institute Exhibition, April 1954.

 

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