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Weller Hall

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Institution Name: Concordia University (NE)
Original/Historic Place Name: Weller Hall
Location on Campus: 800 N. Columbia Ave
Date(s) of Construction:
1925original construction
1952addition of auditorium/chapel
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: brick
Walls: concrete masonry
Roof: steel deck on steel joists
 
Function:
ca. 1925library
ca. 1925other (AV center)
ca. 1925theater (drama area)
ca. 1925museum (Koenig Art Gallery)
1925-present (2006)other (7.3 foot high tower, tower room for hospitality)
1925-present (2006)faculty offices (and staff offices)
ca. 1925-present (2006)administration
1925-present (2006)classrooms
1952-present (2006)auditorium (plus costume and dressing rooms; seats 567)
1952-present (2006)chapel (has two pipe organs; seats 567)
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (conference rooms)
 

Narrative:
Weller Hall was originally constructed in 1925. The building is named for Concordia's first President, Rev. George Weller. The auditorium/chapel addition was constructed in 1952. This room is used for daily chapel services, concerts, convocations, drama productions, movies and other events. The building also accomodates administrative offices and classrooms. Weller Hall is constructed of concrete masonry units for bearing, foundation, and partition walls. The floor systems are concrete slabs on steel deck on steel joints. The roof system is steel deck on steel joists. The chapel addition roof structure is steel joist girders and steel deck. The building has been renovated numerous times to accomodate changing functions.
 

References:

Campus Master Plan. January 2001. Archives, Concordia University, Seward, NE.

Moulds, Kristine M. Generations of Sowers Sharing the Word: A Centennial History of Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska. Virginia Beach, VA: Donning Co., c1994.

 

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