Jones Hall of Science, Walker Science Center
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When construction began on the Jones Hall of Science it was the first new building on campus in twenty years and the first of four Moderne style buildings that would rise on the campus. This science building was a tangible sign of improved economic conditions for Morningside College, which left a barter economy behind and survived when other Iowa colleges were closing. Completion of the building supported the focus on education in the sciences following World War II.
This building was designed by William Beuttler, and is one of a number he designed for Morningside College. The building is a simple rectangle with a short projecting bay at the southern end of the front façade, tied back to the rest of the façade with a curved quarter-circle main entry portal and curved step. The double entry doors are flanked with ribbon windows. On the full-length curved cement panels above the entry are two horizontal bands of geometric designs, with the building name centered between them. The windows throughout are vertical ribbons of six panels set in metal frames. The parapeted roof is accented with a wide undecorated stone coping.
When first completed the science facilities were state-of-the art. As the building aged the facilities degraded, until a total interior renovation begun in 2001 and completed in 2002 made the building again current with national codes and education standards.
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.