Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Fiske Lodge

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Institution Name: Doane College
Original/Historic Place Name: Fiske Lodge
Location on Campus: just east of Whitin Art Building
Date(s) of Construction:
1909-1910original construction Dean & Dean, Architects
Designer: Dean and Dean, Architects (Chicago)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, culture, education, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: brick
Walls: wood frame
Roof: originally wood shingles, now asphalt
ca. 1910infirmary
ca. 2004-present (2006)classroom

Fiske Lodge was completed in 1910 as the campus infirmary. Charlotte Fiske of Boston donated $1,300 toward this building, which was designed by Dean and Dean, Architects, Chicago. (For more detailed information on Dean and Dean, Architects, see the Whitcomb Conservatory/Lee Memorial Chapel entry.)

This small, one-room wood frame building is most closely identified with the Craftsman style of architecture and, in fact, has an Adirondack cabin-like appearance. Craftsman details can be seen on the east and west facades of the building where wide eaves expose the roof members, and the long sloping roof-line can be seen.

Fiske Lodge is in good repair and has seen many uses. After its initial use as an infirmary, the building became classroom space, a snack shop, and was used periodically as an annex to the art department prior to their move into the Whitin Library building. It is currently in use as a classroom for the graphic arts program. The front entrance has been altered with the addition of a wrought iron railing.


Jeffries, Janet L. "Gentility on the Prairie, Urbanization and Refinement in Crete, Nebraska, 1871-1891." M. A. thesis, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, 1996.

Perry, Thomas D., ed. History of Doane College 1872-1912. Crete, NE: Doane College, 1957.

Ziegler, Donald J. A College on a Hill, Life at Doane College, 1872-1987. Lincoln, NE: Media Publishing, 1990.


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