Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Helena Hall

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Institution Name: Taylor University
Original/Historic Place Name: Helena Hall
Location on Campus: 236 W. Reade Ave. (Upland campus)
Date(s) of Construction:
1911original construction
1970renovation after fire
1986renovation after fire
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick, stud
Roof: shingle
ca. 1911academic department building (music)
ca. 1911theater (University Theater)
ca. 1911gymnasium
ca. 1911classrooms
ca. 1911chapel
ca. 1986-present (2006)admissions office
ca. 1986-present (2006)administration (offices of President and Provost)

Helena Hall was the first permanent home for the chapel on the Taylor University Upland campus. After the chapel moved to another location, the facility served as the academic center for the theater program. The facility encountered two fires, one in 1970 and another in 1986, which gutted the structure entirely. Following the 1986 fire, the facility was converted back to its original exterior design and now serves as an admissions and administrative space.


Campus master plan. 1981. Taylor University, Upland, IN.


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