Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Koch Center for Engineering and Science

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Institution Name: University of Evansville
Original/Historic Place Name: Engineering and Science Building
Location on Campus: South Oval
Date(s) of Construction:
1947original construction McGuire, Shook & Associates
Designer: McGuire, Shook & Associates
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Modern/post-WWII, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: Indiana limestone
Walls: Indiana limestone
Roof: flat
 
Function:
ca. 1947-present (2006)academic department building (engineering and sciences)
 

Narrative:
The third building of the University of Evansville, the building now known as the Koch Center was constructed in 1947 and was built in the Gothic style of limestone matching the other buildings on campus. At the time of its construction in 1947, the building cost $700,000. It is a unique structure with decorative stone carvings, including a functional sun dial above the door. In 1978 an addition was completed on the north side, and the original building was remodeled for $2.8 million. At that time it was renamed the Koch Center. In 2003, another addition was added to the south side of the original structure. To retain the integrity of the original structure, much of the original south wall was incorporated into the new addition. The entire building, throughout the three phases of its construction, continues to serve its original purpose.
 

References:

Klinger, George. We Face the Future Unafraid: A Narrative History of the University of Evansville. Evansville, IN: University of Evansville Press, 2003.

Olmsted, Ralph. From Institute to University. Evansville, IN: University of Evansville, 1983.

 

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