Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Gillett Memorial Hall

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Institution Name: Elmira College
Original/Historic Place Name: Gillett Memorial Hall
Location on Campus: Park Pl.
Date(s) of Construction:
1891original construction Dockstader, Otis for Dockstader & Considine Associates
Designer: Otis Dockstader for Dockstader & Considine Associates
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Victorian, Other (Glossary)
Significance: education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Walls: brick, with stone trim
1891-present (2006)academic department building (music hall, music education offices and classrooms)
ca. 2004-present (2006)faculty offices

Gillett Hall was the gift of Solomon L. Gillett. The May 1891 edition of The Sibyl (an Elmira College literary magazine) details the excitement of the campus when the building was being constructed. The growing college needed the building to enhance its music education program, which upon the building's completion in 1891 was moved from Cowles Hall to its new location in Gillett. The building is in excellent condition.


Barber, William Charles. Elmira College: The First Hundred Years. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955.

Johnstone, Janette. Elmira College Old Campus. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1984.


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