Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Esther Allen Greer Museum

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Institution Name: University of Rio Grande
Original/Historic Place Name: Allen's Store
Location on Campus: West College Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
ca. 1880original construction
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Romanesque revival, Victorian, Regionalist/Vernacular (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: red brick
Roof: shingles
ca. 1880library (college library)
ca. 1880residence hall (boarding house for students)
ca. 1880private residence
ca. 1880other (country store and barbershop)
ca. 1880old main
ca. 1980-present (2006)library (university archives)
ca. 1980-present (2006)museum (art gallery)


Built in the 1880's, the Esther Allen Greer Museum was originally a general store, home, and student boarding house owned by Frank and Miriam Allen. Their son Don was born there. He later became a trustee and benefactor of the University, as well as the owner of one of the largest automobile dealerships of its day. Acquired by Rio Grande College in the 1960's or '70's, the building was condemned in the 1980's, but was saved and renovated through a fundraising campaign led by Esther Allen Greer, widow of Don Allen, son of the early occupants of the building. Today the building houses an art gallery and the university archives.


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