Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Ford Hall (incorporated in the Whalen Center)

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Institution Name: Ithaca College
Original/Historic Place Name: Ford Hall
Location on Campus:
Date(s) of Construction:
1964original construction Tallman & Tallman
Designer: Tallman & Tallman
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Modern/post-WWII (Glossary)
Significance: culture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: concrete
Roof: rubber
ca. 1964-present (2006)academic department building (Ithaca College School of Music)

Ford Hall is centrally located on the Ithaca College campus, which is appropriate, as the College's origin was as a music conservatory. The building is named for a former trustee of the College, Clinton Ford, who was an active supporter of the arts, particularly those connected to the School of Music. The School of Music has remained central to the mission of the College.

The building's style, Brutalism, is in keeping with that of other structures original to the South Hill campus, which are all modernist structures.


Harcourt, John B. The Ithaca College Story. Ithaca, NY: Ithaca College, 1983.

Hodne, Scott. The History of Ithaca College. Ithaca, NY: Ithaca College, 1991.

Sasaki Associates Inc. Ithaca College Master Plan Report. [Watertown, MA: Sasaki Associates Inc.], 2002.


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