Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Arthur S. Holden Center

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Institution Name: Lake Erie College
Original/Historic Place Name: Arthur S. Holden Center
Location on Campus: W. Washington St.
Date(s) of Construction:
1997original construction WTW Architects of Cleveland
Designer: WTW Architects of Cleveland
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Walls: red brick
ca. 1997-present (2006)other (conference room, bookstore, computer laboratory, student development)
ca. 1997-present (2006)classrooms
ca. 1997-present (2006)faculty offices
ca. 1997-present (2006)dining hall

The Arthur S. Holden Center, designed by WTW Architects of Cleveland, was built on the Lake Erie College campus in 1997. The three-story building, constructed of red brick and glass, carries out the same premise of the Lincoln Commons, which it replaced--that of "dining in the treetops." The building is set into a hill so that different levels are entered from various sides of campus. The tops of the glass panels are designed to imitate the tower on the college's landmark building, College Hall (built in 1859), and thus to combine the old with the new.

The Holden Center houses the college cafeteria and dining area on the main (second) floor; faculty offices, classrooms, and a conference room on the third floor; the bookstore, computer laboratory, and student development areas on the first floor.


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