Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Old Dorm Block

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Institution Name: Reed College
Original/Historic Place Name: Dormitory Building
Location on Campus:
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)residence hall

The Old Dorm Block building and Eliot Hall were the first buildings constructed on the Reed College 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. Seen from the public road across an expanse of lawn dotted with trees, they present a gracious and elegant face to visitors and the neighborhood.


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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