Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project

 

 
Old Main

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Institution Name: Iowa Wesleyan College
Original/Historic Place Name: The Main Hall
Location on Campus: Center Campus
Date(s) of Construction:
1854original construction
1970renovation
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Italianate, Victorian (Glossary)
Significance: education, history
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Materials:
Foundation: stone
Walls: brick
Roof:
 
Function:
1854-present (2006)old main
 

Narrative:
Old Main was constructed as the second building of Iowa Wesleyan University. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and underwent both interior and exterior renovations in the 1970s. It is significant as the founding location of the International P.E.O. Sisterhood, and according to Wesley I. Shank in his authoritative The Iowa Survey: Historic American Buildings (1979), Old Main was the first genuine collegiate building in Iowa. The building is in good shape and has been made handicap accessible with the addition of exterior ramps and an elevator.
 

References:

Corkhill, Thomas E. "The Birth of Iowa Wesleyan." Mt. Pleasant Iowa Wesleyan, November 30, 1896.

Haselmayer, Louis A. Old Main [Iowa Wesleyan College]. National Register of Historic Places designation report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of the Interior/National Park Service, 1973.

Haselmayer, Louis A. A Sesquicentennial History of Iowa Wesleyan College (1842-1992). Mt. Pleasant, IA: Iowa Wesleyan College, 1992.

Kennedy, Charles J. History and Alumni Record of Iowa Wesleyan College 1842-1942. Mt. Pleasant, IA: Iowa Wesleyan College, 1942.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Henry County, Iowa. Chicago: Acme Publishing Company, 1888.

Reeves, Winona Evans. The Story of P. E. O. 1924-1936. [s.l.]: Conco Press, 1936.

Shank, Wesley I., ed. The Iowa Survey. Historic American Buildings. Iowa City, IA: Iowa University Press, 1979.

Waring, Edmund H. "Chronicles of the Iowa Wesleyan University." Iowa Classic (March-September 1874).

 

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