Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Simplot Hall and Simplot Dining Hall

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Institution Name: Albertson College of Idaho
Original/Historic Place Name: Simplot Hall and Simplot Dining Hall
Location on Campus: 2112 Cleveland Blvd.
Date(s) of Construction:
1948original design
1948-present (2006)remodeled four subsequent times Hummel Architects
Designer: original unknown; Hummel Architects (Boise, ID)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: built up
ca. 1948-present (2006)dining hall
ca. 1948-present (2006)residence hall

The historic appearance of this structure has been altered only by the expansion of the dining hall. The remodeling projects have harmonized with the original design.

The significance of the building lies in its donor and namesake, J.R. Simplot of Boise, who has been a trustee of the school since 1944. Simplot, founder and president of the J.R. Simplot Company, built his first food processing plant in Caldwell just prior to WWII. His company supplied troops with food during that conflict, and the company's subsequent growth has made Mr. Simplot one of the wealthiest men in America. Many members of his family (children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren) are alumni of the college.


Attebery, Louie W. Albertson College of Idaho: The Second Hundred Years. Caldwell, ID: Albertson College of Idaho, 1999.

Attebery, Louie W. The College of Idaho 1891-1991: A Centennial History. Caldwell, ID: Caxton Publishers, 1991.


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