Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Whitmore Hall

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Institution Name: Sheldon Jackson College
Original/Historic Place Name: Home Missions Hall
Location on Campus: 801 Lincoln St
Date(s) of Construction:
1910-1911original design Ludlow & Peabody
Designer: Ludlow and Peabody
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Regionalist/Vernacular, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, engineering, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete, wood
Walls: wood, slate, and plaster
Roof: shingle, shake
1911-present (2006)residence hall (older boys)
ca. 2004-present (2006)administration (financial aid and registrar)
ca. 2004-present (2006)admissions office

This structure is part of the original Ludlow & Peabody design and is located on the quadrangle. The building was originally named the Home Missions Monthly Hall after the magazine that helped to raise the money for construction. It was later renamed for Gladys Whitmore, who faithfully served the school from 1939-1975, in which time she taught science and served as the High School's President.

The second floor was recently leased to SEARHC as outpatient living space. Due to recent growth in the student body, this contract has been terminated, and the second floor is being used as student living area.

The building is generally adequate. However, years of use and deferred maintenance has resulted in a need for rehabilitation. The building is also in need of fire, life safety, and ADA upgrades. It received National Historical Landmark Status on August 7th, 2001.


Crittendon, Edwin B. Survey [Sheldon Jackson College]. [CCC Architects and Planners, Anchorage, AK], 1987-1995.

Clemens, Janet, Chris Allan, Linda Cook, Heidi Siegel, and Amanda Zeman. Sheldon Jackson School. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1972.


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