Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Building group

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Institution Name: Valparaiso University
Original/Historic Place Name: Building group
Location on Campus: east campus, roughly semi-circular pattern around chapel
Date(s) of Construction:
1957-1995original construction Stade, Charles Edward Daverman Associates
Designer: Charles Edward Stade; Daverman Associates; others
Type of Place: Building group
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, landscape
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1957-present (2006)other (academic, administrative, cultural, social)

The central building group on campus is an ensemble of 1950's to 1960's Prairie-style buildings, loosely arranged in a semi-circular pattern around the Chapel. The buildings, which house academic, administrative, cultural, and social spaces, are stylistically unified through their sweeping horizontal lines and similar brick surfaces intersected by horizontal bands of stone. Together the buildings form an attractive and unique collegiate landscape in harmony with the glacial moraine topography on which they are situated. A long-range master plan has been adopted to create an even more inviting and pedestrian-friendly setting as the campus is further developed. A new library and information resource center is currently under construction, and several building additions are planned.


Baepler, Richard. Flame of Faith, Lamp of Learning: A History of Valparaiso University. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2001.

Dober, Richard P. Campus Design. New York: John Wiley, 1992.

Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson. Master Plan. [Minneapolis, MN: Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson], 1997.

Mullins, Lanette. Valparaiso: Looking Back, Moving Forward. Chicago, IL: Arcadia Publishing, 2002.


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