Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Jesse Hall

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Institution Name: Concordia University (NE)
Original/Historic Place Name: Jesse Hall
Location on Campus: 800 N. Columbia Ave
Date(s) of Construction:
1924original construction; May 1924
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Gothic revival, Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: concrete masonry
1924-1987residence hall
ca. 2004-present (2006)student union (photo lab and student newspaper office)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 2004-present (2006)other (computer lab)
ca. 2004-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 2004-present (2006)museum (Marxhausen Art Gallery)

Jesse Hall was built in 1924. The building is named for Rev. F.W.C. Jesse, Concordia's second President. The building was originally constructed as a dormitory. Currently, the building houses the Marxhausen Art Gallery, classrooms, offices, photography lab and studio. Jesse Hall has a concrete column and beam framework with a concrete pan joist floor system for both the first and second floors. The foundation walls are constructed of cast in place concrete columns with brick veneer.


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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