Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Barlett Hall

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Institution Name: Ripon College
Original/Historic Place Name: Barlett Cottage
Location on Campus: middle building on south side of upper campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1887original construction James Douglas & Co. M. C. Rodway
Designer: James Douglas & Co.; M. C. Rodway (builder)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Victorian, Other (Glossary)
Significance: history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick and stone
Roof: single ply roof, fully adhered
ca. 1887residence hall (for women)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (student organization offices)
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration

Bartlett Hall is important in the history of the College as new-model housing for women. The term "cottage" indicates that it was remodeled after the newer housing at Smith College in Massachusetts, "homier" than earlier dorms. It has been used for other purposes over the years. Army trainees used it during World War I; and it was used for men's housing after World War II, as classroom and studio space for the Music Department, and today houses student and administration offices. In 1988, Bartlett Hall and Harwood Memorial Union were joined, creating more office space for student affairs.

Bartlett Hall has been remodeled several times, is in very good condition, and is handicapped accessible.


Ashley, Robert and George H. Miller. Ripon College: A History. Ripon, WI: Ripon College Press, 1990.

Cartwright, Carol Lohry. Ripon College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/ Park Service, 1995.

Peotter, Tonya, Dianne Bell, George Miller, and Louise Schang. "Ripon College Buildings: Past and Present." 1989, revised 1991. Archives, Lane Library, Ripon College, Ripon, WI. Online (2006).


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