Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project



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Institution Name: Ripon College
Original/Historic Place Name: Tri-Dorms
Location on Campus: across Sewad St. from SW corner of upper campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1938-1939original construction Tallmadge, Thomas Shaler, Evans, Wright
Designer: Thomas Tallmadge; Shaler, Evans, Wright
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Colonial revival (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick and stone
Roof: fiberglass shingle roof
ca. 1939Greek letter society
ca. 2004-present (2006)residence hall (for women)

Recently remodeled, the building is in very good condition.

In 1938, the College asked noted Chicago architect, Thomas Tallmadge, to prepare a master plan for college development. The plan, with modification, became the basis for future expansion of the "Upper Campus". Tri-Dorms was designed by Tallmadge, and completed in 1939, but this architect was killed in a train wreck soon after.


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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