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Laird Hall was a gift of Mrs. Della Laird, the wife of Rezin W. Shawhan, a Tiffin businessman who had supported the college in earlier days. The building was constructed for the sciences and originally contained laboratories, museum space, faculty offices, and classrooms. For many years the building housed biology and mineralogy exhibits in a campus museum. The museum has been dismantled, but today the building retains its original configuration. A second science building, joined to the rear façade of Laird by a two story glass walkway, now houses all science departments except biology.
Located in the center of the present campus and facing the corner of Greenfield and Hedges Streets, Laird remains an imposing campus landmark. Pfleiderer, Laird, and France Halls represent a third, early 20th century expansion of the Heidelberg Campus. The gothic style, grey stone facades and tile roofs are characteristic of these and several other building built on campus during the first quarter of the 20th Century.
Tarr, Blair, and Barbara Howe. Laird Hall [Heidelberg College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1979.
Williams, E. I. F. Heidelberg: Democratic Christian College, 1850-1950. Menasha, WI: George Banta Publishing Company, 1952.