Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Chapman Residence Hall

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Institution Name: Olivet Nazarene University
Original/Historic Place Name: Roy Memorial Hall (1906-1938), renamed 1950
Location on Campus: central west, beside Milby Esplanade
Date(s) of Construction:
1906original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: limestone and concrete
Walls: exterior: limestone; interior: plaster walls
Roof: standard asphalt and gravel, insulated
1906-present (2006)residence hall

46,000 square feet total on five floors. 45,905 square feet interior. 173 by 60 feet exterior. Major renovation in 2000-2001 included thermal windows, electrical and plumbing systems, shower and restrooms and laundry facilities on each floor.

100 rooms for men's housing. Five central larger rooms on each floor house three students, others two.
Ground floor has been converted to classrooms and lounge area.

This was the principal residence hall on campus when Olivet moved here in 1940. Initially, some floors were used for women's housing, and one or two other separated floors housed men students. After other residence halls were built on campus in 1951, 1959 and later, this building has been for men students only, principally freshmen.

The building is named in honor of the late Dr. James B. Chapman, a pastor, writer, editor and educator who was elected to serve as a general superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene from 1928-1947. While Olivet acquired this building in 1940, its name was chosen in 1950.

The building has a comparable Greek Revival style to Burke Administration Building, which was also erected by St. Viator College in 1906. The original irregular surface of locally hewn limestone blocks is very picturesque.


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