Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Kilcawley Hall

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Institution Name: Lake Erie College
Original/Historic Place Name: Murray Library
Location on Campus: W.Washington St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1907-1908original construction Garfield, Abram
Designer: Abram Garfield (Cleveland, OH)
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Walls: red brick
ca. 1907library
ca. 1907classrooms
ca. 1976-2004administration (President's office, institutional advancement)
ca. 1976-present (2006)museum (American Indian artifacts)

Kilcawley Hall, designed by Abram Garfield, was constructed in 1907-1908 as the Murray Library. It is a one-story building of dull red brick, with columns of white cement and a flat roof surrounded by a white railing. Originally it housed several classrooms, a general reference room with a large colonial fireplace, a newspaper and magazine storage room, and a large basement storage room.

The building was renovated in 1976 and renamed Kilcawley Hall in honor of a donor. It now houses the offices of the college president, the institutional advancement department, and a small museum containing Indian artifacts. A formal boardroom is located where the book stacks once stood.


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