Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Eliot Hall

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Institution Name: Reed College
Original/Historic Place Name: Arts & Sciences Building
Location on Campus: Central
Date(s) of Construction:
1912original construction Doyle, Albert E. Doyle, Patterson & Beach
Designer: Doyle, Albert E. Doyle, Patterson & Beach
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: tile
ca. 1912-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 1912-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 1912-present (2006)chapel
ca. 1912-present (2006)administration

Eliot Hall and the Old Dorm Block building were the first buildings constructed on the Reed campus. They were sited and designed to fit into the overall Master Plan for the College, and their location and visual beauty set the image of the Campus for years to follow. They are currently in excellent condition and are used for their original function.

Eliot Hall contains the "Chapel," with its oak paneling, wooden pews, and organ pipes (no longer an organ). It is used for lectures and also serves as a film center, a venue for various social functions, and a wedding hall.


Howard, John Galen. "University Buildings Reference Number--Part II." Architectural Forum 44 (June 1926): 401-08.

Indiana Limestone Quarrymen's Association. Indiana Limestone for School and College Buildings. Indiana Limestone Library, vol. 6, series B. Bedford, IN: Indiana Limestone Quarrymen's Association, 1924.

Klauder, Charles Z., and Herbert C. Wise. College Architecture in America and Its Part in the Development of the Campus. New York and London: C. Scribner's Sons, 1929.

Ritz, Richard E. A History of the Reed College Campus and Its Buildings. Portland, OR: Trustees of the Reed Institute, 1990.


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