Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Allee Gymnasium

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Institution Name: Morningside College
Original/Historic Place Name: Allee Gymnasium
Location on Campus: 3415 Peters Ave.
Date(s) of Construction:
1949original construction Beuttler, William
Designer: William Beuttler
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII, Other (Glossary)
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: poured concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: selvage edge rolled roofing
1949-present (2006)gymnasium

The Allee Gymnasium building was a welcome addition to the campus and was heavily used. The steel truss-roof construction eliminated post and beams, allowing an open view across the gymnasium space. After upgrades in 1991 and 2001-02, the building continues to be busy with athletic activities.

Allee hosted the first NCAA basketball tournament on December 28, 1950. A magazine article of May 1950 suggested that the college received high return on the construction dollars spent for Allee Gymnasium.


Orwig, Timothy T. Morningside College: A Centennial History. Sioux City, IA: Morningside College Press, 1994.

Orwig, Timothy T. Morningside College Historic District. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1997.


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