Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Boliou Memorial Art Building

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Institution Name: Carleton College
Original/Historic Place Name: Boliou Memorial Art Building
Location on Campus: 505 Goodsell Circle
Date(s) of Construction:
1949original construction Magney, Tusler & Setter
1992addition Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
Designer: Magney, Tusler & Setter; Cambridge Seven Associates Inc.
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII, Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: stone
Walls: Kasota limestone
Roof: built-up asphalt
ca. 1949-present (2006)museum (gallery space)
ca. 1949-present (2006)academic department building (art studios)
ca. 1949-present (2006)auditorium (small)
ca. 1949-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 1949-present (2006)classrooms

Designed and built in 1949-1950, the Boliou Memorial Art Building was financed in part through a surprise gift of nearly $150,000 from George H. Boliou of Waltham, Minnesota. The first post-World War II building on campus, Boliou has also been described as Carleton's "first modern building" and its only "horizontal skyscraper". This first modern limestone building overlooking Lyman Lakes was designed by the Minneapolis firm of Magney, Tusler and Setter, with John Lindstrom as the partner in charge.


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