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Ripon College Buildings

This reference guide is intended as a quick survey of the basic facts about the buildings and grounds of Ripon College, past and present. Although we have made every effort to be accurate, we do caution anyone using the information for publication to verify our facts.

The guide is not comprehensive: costs, names of architects, and, to our regret, names of many donors are not included for every building.


Anderson Hall - Quads ANDERSON HALL (QUADS)

Also Known As: Originally named North Hall; renamed Smith about 1971 and bore the name Smith Hall until 2004.

Named For: Don Anderson (Class of 1942) & Marilyn Dixon Anderson (Class of 1945).

Location: On the north side of the Quads.

Date of Construction: Completed in 1965.

Cost: $400,000.

Capacity: 99 students.

Former Uses: Anderson has been used primarily as a men’s dorm. It housed Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Theta Chi fraternities originally. It has also been used for women’s housing.

Present Uses: Houses Independent men and women.

Alterations: Anderson Hall was fully renovated in fall 2001.

Remarks: Anderson was the first of the Quads to be built. The first coed dorm was established when 19 women moved into the center section of the 2nd floor of North Hall in the 1970-71 academic year.

References: Pictorial Review, p.14; Fact Sheet, p.4; Ripon College: A History, p.227.


Named For: The Athenian Society, which met there in the early 1900s.

Also Known As: The Laboratory and Transit Building and commonly known as the Chem Lab.

Location: From 1876-1930, it was east of the present site of Lane Library. In January 1930, it was moved to Ingalls Field.

Date of Construction: 1876. Built of wood.

Former Uses: From 1876 to 1900, it housed laboratory facilities. From 1900 to 1919, it was a recreation hall including club rooms for the Athenian Society (men’s literary society). From 1919 to 1930, it housed offices of ROTC. In 1930, the building was moved to Ingalls Field and converted into a fieldhouse, primarily used for locker rooms.

Razed or Sold: Razed when Ingalls Field was redone in January 1983.

References: Tomkies, p.12; Pictorial Review, pp.3-4.


Also Known As: Merrell-Barker House; Lambda.

Location: On the current site of S.N. Pickard Commons, at the corner of Elm and Congress Streets.

Date of Construction: 1862.

Acquired by College: Purchased from A.L. Barker and his wife on July 1,1953. Financed from endowment funds.

Cost: $15,000.

Capacity: 19.

Former Uses: Originally built as a residence by Professor Edward H. Merrell, who became the second president of the College (1876-1891), it was later used as a residence by Professor of Chemistry (and Dean of the College in the early 1950s) Augustus Lawrence Barker. Beginning in the fall of 1953, it was used by the Lambda Delta Alpha social fraternity. In 1958, the men who lived in Barker were moved to the newly-built Quads.

Razed or Sold: Razed for S.N. Pickard Commons, 1962-63.

References: Tomkies, p.3; Note in Archives Photo File dated 1973.


Location: Early in 1946, a group of five barracks was built behind Smith (Middle Hall); a few months later, three more appeared in “Siberia,” the area now occupied by Kemper and the adjacent parking lot.

Date of Construction: 1946.

Capacity: World War II veterans were housed three or four together (in rooms designed for two).

Use: Temporary barracks for veterans. Pre-fabricated huts, 100 feet by 20 feet, provided by the government as emergency, low-cost housing for veterans. After two years, rental fees went to the College.

Razed or Sold: As soon as possible, the barracks were abandoned, and were eventually dismantled in the 1950s.

References: Ripon College: A History, p.173.




Named For: Sumner Bartlett. His widow Lucy provided the last $6,000 to pay the final construction bills and stipulated that it should be called a cottage.

Also Known As: Bartlett Cottage.

Location: Seward Street, next to the Frank J. Harwood Memorial Union.

Date of Construction: 1887-88.

Former Uses: Built as a women’s dormitory, at various times it housed all resident women students, as well as Phi Delta Sigma, Kappa Sigma Chi, Pi Tau Pi sororities. In 1918, during World War I, the Student Army Training Corps used Bartlett. The first college infirmary was located in the basement. During the 1950s, it was used as a men’s dormitory, housing Alpha Omega Alpha (later Theta Chi) and Independents. It was used briefly in the 1960s by the Music department, and again as a women’s dormitory until 1987, when it was renovated and made into an administrative building.

Recent Alterations: Renovated in 1987-88 for $1.5 million by the Stott administration. Strong sentiment existed for preserving Bartlett, although razing it had been under consideration for years. Included in the renovation was a connecting passway between Bartlett and Harwood Memorial Union.

Present Uses: Bartlett currently houses the Dean of Students, Registrar, Career Development Program, Educational Development Program, and Director of Housing. Many groups also hold meetings in Bartlett Hall including: The Student Senate, Judiciary Board, Political Discussion and Action Committee, International Club, Multi-Cultural Club, Democrats Club, Republicans Club and Parallax. Other offices include: Chapel, Health Services, and the Counselor’s office.

Bartlett History

“The rooms for the young ladies are in Bartlett Cottage and are very pleasantly situated, all having new furniture. The study-room measures 12X15, the bed-room 7 1/2 X 12. The floors have a painted margin of about 2 feet, so that rugs may be used if desired. The rooms have hard finished walls and are furnished with bed-stead, woven wire and wool mattresses, table, stand, and two or three common chairs. The whole building is heated by steam.”–From the Student Handbook, 1890-91 (Provided by the Y.W.C.A and Y.M.C.A)

Note: The offices of the Dean of Students, the Registrar, and Career Development were moved from Middle Hall to Bartlett Hall when Bartlett was renovated in 1988.

References: Tomkies, p.6; Pictorial Review, p.4; Ripon College: A History, pp. 66- 67.

June 28, 1887- – Board of Trustees voted on “the site of the new cottage for ladies.” Estimated cost without furnishings, $10,000. September 15, 1888- – Mrs. Lucy Bartlett gave $6,000 towards construction of building. Thus, building was named, at her request, in honor of her husband. 1888– Ready for occupancy. Originally designed to house 44 women. Room rent was $6.00 to $12.00. “Bartlett was the only women’ s dorm at the time.” 1894 — Board of Trustees authorized “the putting of water into Bartlett.” 1907– Electricity and hardwood floors installed. Bathrooms moved from basement to upper floors. 1913– By that time Bartlett had “been redecorated and made…up to date in every particular.” 1918-_- Bartlett became Bartlett Barracks – men now lived in the building; women were assigned to the LeRoy Hotel and Scribner House. 1919– Women moved back. Much damage had been incurred and while repairs were made, nothing was quite the same. 1924- – Bartlett’s first sorority was Delta Delta Beta – 27 members. 1925 — Delta Delta Beta petitioned to become Theta Upsilon, a national sorority. 1927- – Under the policy adopted by the Board of Trustees, the two-year period of consideration of the establishment of national sororities and fraternities on campus ended with There Upsilon being advised to discontinue its national membership. 1928- – Kappa Sigma Chi, a local sorority, was formed. 1934– Infirmary. was installed in the north end of the basement of Bartlett Hall, made necessary by outbreak of 26 cases of scarlet fever. Two rooms for men and one room for women and a doctors’ and nurses’ office. “This marks the first year of an organized health service at Ripon for which each student was charged $3.00 per year. The initial expense for this venture was $1,142.” 1935– “A new door was put into the north end of Bartlett so people could enter without disturbing the occupants of the infirmary.” 1937 — Bartlett received showers and a tub. 1938– Bartlett was refurnished and redecorated. The cupola was removed at a cost of $1,000. 1939– Bartlett housed freshman and transfer women only. “At least one older girl was assigned to each floor to act as a proctor.” 1940- – Bartlett Annex (Old Merriman across the street from East) was used to accommodate the extra freshman women. Bartlett Annex became the College Infirmary. 1942– Bartlett was again turned over to the army. Men moved into Bartlett and women moved into Merriman. 1942- – Survey made by College housing facilities.Report made to Board of Trustees: “The older halls like Bartlett, Smith, and West are very roomy and comfortable and have enough of what modern design would call “waste space” to house almost a third more students.” In addition the survey cautioned: “Repairs should be made immediately when signs of deterioration show up. It is my estimation it is poor economy to let things get too bad before they are fixed.” 1943– Women moved back into Bartlett. A date bureau was set up in this building “in boosting the morale of the service boys…on campus.” 1945– Bartlett was redecorated and the former infirmary area was made into an apartment for Miss Hawkinson, the dietition. 1947– Board of Trustees discussed moving Alpha Omega Alpha fraternity into Bartlett. “It would cost approximately $2,500 to add toilet facilities accommodate men and $1,000 to refurnish the lounge so as to be suitable for men.” 1951– Alpha Omega Alpha and the independent men moved into Bartlett. 1952– The tower of Bartlett was removed. 1953– Roof of Bartlett in bad shape, making the interior of the building in bad shape. Board of Trustees reported it would not be wise to spend $15,000 for a new roof and not remedy some of the other hazards at the same time. The Board approved “the sum of and not to exceed $1,000 for the purpose of retaining the services of an architect to survey this property and make it functional.” 1954– Alpha Omega Alpha became Theta Chi. 1958– Bartlett was slated to be razed to make way for a new dining and kitchen facility. Theta Chi moved to the Quads. After Theta Chi moved out, the second and third floors were used for storage. The Music Department occupied the first floor. Even after Johnson Hall was built Bartlett continued to be needed for housing men until the third quad could be completed. Bartlett was then turned back over to women. The infirmaryturned-dietitian’s apartment became Jerry Thompson’s office. In the mid 70’s the Housing and Dining Hall Committee recommended that Bartlett Hall be closed as a residence hall. However, we are, of course, still using it as such. The above material is a summary of a paper written by Jenny Spencer for George Miller’s history of Ripon class. 1959– It was determined that the enrollment increase anticipated for the 19591960 year made it mandatory that addition, al dormitory space was needed. It was decided in July of 1959 to install a new roof on the building and to prepare it for occupancy. Several of the third floor rooms, particularly the comer rooms, had severe plaster damage due to the leaking roof. Several other areas in the building had the finish coat plaster peeled off and it became a major task to ready the surfaces for painting. The entire interior of the building was redecorated. Several doors were split and had to be replaced. It was hoped that the building would be utilized for two or possibly three years and then would be phased out following the construction of the third quad which began in 1961. The third quad was occupied in the fall of 1961-1962. The full-time equivalent for that year was 698. Johnson Hall construction began in August of 1961, was completed in July of 1962, and occupied the 1962-1963 year. Our full-time equivalent student body was 748, Enrollment escalated in 19631964 to a full-time equivalent of 820. Bartlett housed men until it reverted to housing women in the 1962-1963 year. By the time Bovay Hall opened in the fall of the 1965-1966 year enrollment had increased to a full-time equivalent of 913. With the opening of Johnson Hall in 1962 the college discontinued using Duffey House, Harwood House, Lyle House, Parker’s House, Tracy House and Hall House as residence halls, 1960- Installed new water heater. 1962-1963 — Repainted the exterior of the building and half of the interior rooms. 1965-1966 — Installed new lounge carpeting, lounge drapes and repainted the lounge. 1967– Installed hand railings on both the south and east entrances. Replaced corridor lights with incandescent fixtures. Installed four new lavatories, four new toilets, new mirror units in both washrooms, 18 built-in clothes closets and installed a fire sprinkler system throughout the entire building, including basement and attic. All beds and mattresses were replaced. The existing shower rooms were renovated with the installation of new lead pans, water piping, mixing valves, shower heads and ceramic tile, Both washrooms were repainted. A new entrance door was installed on the south entrance. The entire exterior of the building was sandblasted. 1969– All student rooms were repainted. The basement was converted into a study area. New lighting was installed and the walls were repainted. 1970– Stairwell and hall corridors were repainted. Replaced water heater. 1972– Enrollment peaked with a Fall opening of 1059 F.T.E. 1974– Redecorated 14 rooms. Enrollment for 1974/75 dropped to a F.T.E.. of 912. Building condition bad and its continued use without a major renovation is probably not feasible, 1975– Installed new roof over the flat deck area. Discussions relative to phasing the facility out of service prompted the Housing and Dining Hall Committee to recommend that the building be closed as a residence hall. New television set and aerial installed. 1977– The Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations required the installation of a fire-rated stairwell enclosure. 1978– Showers leaking, extensive caulking and regrouting done in attempt to stop the leaks. Wood frame interior seems to move and the grouting cracks. 1979– New lounge carpet installed. 1980– The exterior and several student rooms were repainted, 1981– Installed new radiator valves, 1982– Painted main lounge and 13 student rooms. Installed 36 smoke alarms, 1983- Installed battery operated emergency lighting system in corridors and stairwells.


Named For: Alvan Bovay, one of the founders and original trustees of the College, prominent citizen of the city of Ripon, lawyer, and well-known abolitionist and guiding spirit behind the formation of the Republican Party. The Little White Schoolhouse, which was at one time on the college campus, is considered the birthplace of the Republican Party.

Location: At the west end of the “Quads,” overlooking Sadoff Field.

Date of Construction: Completed in 1965.

Recent Renovations: In Fall 2003, Bovay Terrace opened. In addition to being a popular spot for socializing, the Terrace hosts live music, poetry readings and other cultural events. In 2003 Bovay’s exterior was renovated and a multi-purpose in meeting and study facility added to the lower level. In 2005, the Ripon College Fitness Center opened in the basement of Bovay.

Former Uses: Bovay has always been used as a men’s dormitory. Except for the first year (when it housed freshmen men), Bovay has housed upper-class men.

Present Uses: It is a residence hall for the Theta Chi fraternity, as well as for upperclass women and men.

Remarks: Bovay was the last of the Quads to be built.

References: Fact Sheet, p.4; Pictorial Review, p.14.


Bowen's WoodsThe photo at left is of Bowen’s Woods in 1990, showing the sign, which reads: “Bowen’s Woods – dedicated as a nature preserve in memory of Jehdeiah Bowen, treasurer of Ripon College, 1855-1886. This tract was owned by Mr. Bowen until 1880. It was given to Ripon College in 1929 by Shirley Farr.”

Named For: Jehdeiah Bowen, a founder of the College and member of the Board of Trustees from 1851-1882 (serving as treasurer, 1855-61 and 1865-82). His home was located on the western edge of the woods, on the present site of Scott Hall.

Location: Wooded area between Thorne Street and Hillside Cemetery.

Acquired by the College: In 1929, as a gift of Shirley Farr, a member of the Board of Trustees, 1913-1955.


Named For: William S. Brockway, a local merchant, who, at $250, was the highest bidder on January 1, 1851, for the honor of naming the original college. The state granted a charter to Brockway College on January 29, 1851. Brockway College officially became Ripon College in 1864.

Also Known As: Originally named South Hall, but renamed Brockway in 1971.

Location: On the south side of the Quads, on Thorne Street, west of Marshall Scott Hall.

Date of Construction: Completed in 1958.

Cost: $400,000.

Capacity: 94 students.

Former Uses: It has been used exclusively as an upper-class men’s dormitory.

Present Uses: Currently, Sigma Chi faternity is housed in Brockway Hall, as well as Independent Men.

Alterations: Brockway’s exterior was renovated in 2003.

Remarks: Each of the first three buildings (Brockway, Anderson and Mapes) was constructed according to an identical plan, providing in each building three separate living units with their own entrance and lobby, kitchen facilities, and communication system. Financing for each was obtained as a private loan, to be repaid on a self-amortizing basis.

References: Fact Sheet, p.4; Pictorial Review, p.14; Ripon College: A History, p.7 and p.204.


Location: Corner of Thorne and Woodside

Date of Construction: 2006-07

Architect: Uihlein-Wilson Architects of Milwaukee

Cost: $5.4 million.

Capacity: 56.

Present Uses: Apartments for upperclassmen.


Named For: William Dawes, a Chicago businessman and member of the Board of Trustees, who presented the building to the College in 1887.

Also Known As: Dawes Cultural Center.

Location: A small frame house just south of the present Memorial Hall, on the corner of Elm and Seward Streets.

Date of Construction: Built in 1876, and owned by Edward H. Merrell, second president of the College, and his wife Ida.

Former Uses: In 1887, women used it as a co-op to cook their own meals. Primarily, Dawes was used as a women’s residence hall. It was also used as living quarters for college maintenance and dining room employees. Prior to its demolition, it was used for meeting rooms by a number of student organizations such as the Women’s Interest Organization (successor to the Women’s Self-Government Association) and the Ripon Scholastic Honor Society, which sponsored cultural events on campus. Dawes Cultural Center was also used as a coffee house.

Razed or Sold: Razed in 1975.

References: Tomkies, p.5.; Ripon College: A History, p.219.


Named For: George C. Duffie, Class of 1868, and (briefly) a Ripon College instructor, who sold it to the College in 1918. The family name was actually McDuffie and he used that surname after leaving Ripon.

Also Known As: Hargrave House, since it was originally built by Walter Hargrave, who lived there before George Duffie and his family. The Pedrick genealogies (Vol. 19a) also refer to the house as later becoming “Duffie Hall.”

Location: Corner of Woodside Avenue and Seward Streets. [Between Ransom and Woodside on the south side of Seward, according to Pedrick.]

Date of Construction: 1850s.

Date of College Acquisition: In 1918, during President Culbertson’s term, the College acquired Duffie House under an agreement which entitled Mr. Duffie and his family to life occupancy of the house.

Former Uses: Omega Sigma Chi fraternity occupied the house until 1940, when it became the home of Kappa Sigma Chi sorority. Later, it was again used as a men’s residence hall. In 1967, it was converted to use as temporary classrooms, studios and offices for the art department.

Note: Omega Sigma Chi fraternity originated as The Hilltopper Club, which was organized prior to World War I. Kappa Sigma Chi sorority later became Alpha Phi sorority.

Razed or Sold: Razed in June 1972.

References: Tomkies, p.7; Fact Sheet, p.2; Pedrick Genealogies, Vol. 19a.



East Hall – Ingram Hall


Named For: Its location. East was the first building constructed and, as such, was originally named Brockway College, since the majority of the original capital ($250) was donated by Mr. William Brockway. Later it became known as East College, because of its location to the east of Middle and West Halls, the second and third buildings constructed.

Also Known As: Brockway College; East College.

Location: On the “Hill,” in line with Middle and West Halls.

Date of Construction: Construction started in 1851, but due to lack of funds, was not fully completed until 1863.

Former Uses: As the first structure on campus, East College was a multi-purpose building in the early years. The building was used in 1861, while still unfinished, as headquarters and barracks for the First Wisconsin Cavalry (Camp Fremont). Originally, East included four recital rooms, the cabinet, reading room, apparatus room, and several rooms for students. For a time, the college library and reading rooms were located in East, along with the chapel and later the theater. As late as 1962, the first two floors were occupied by the college administration and Music department studios were located on the third floor. During the 1970s, East was the primary academic facility for the Music department. The Anthropology and Sociology departments were located in East until 1988, when they moved to Todd Wehr.

Present Uses: Currently, East Hall houses the History, Religion, Politics and Government, Sociology and Philosophy departmental offices, as well as Kresge Little Theater and the Wensink Lounge.

Major Alterations: In 1882-83, the building was enlarged to twice its original size and the entire structure (except the walls and a portion of the woodwork) was overhauled. The original stonework of the outside walls was left intact. In 1980, East Hall underwent complete interior renovation.


Note: The Little Theater (now the Kresge Little Theater) was at one time the chapel and was also the site of many of the early plays done on campus. On February 18 and 19, 1931, the “New Little Theater” formally opened with a Mask and Wig production of “Outward Bound” by Sutton Vane. Most of the Mask and Wig productions were produced there. A list of all Mask and Wig plays was painted on the back wall of the Little Theater, but this list was destroyed during the Kuebler administration.

Note: Kresge Little Theater and Wensink Lounge are named for benefactors of the College. The Kresge Foundation presented the College with a $150,000 challenge grant for the renovation of East, West and Memorial Halls in 1980. The Foundation had also given $50.000 for Wehr Learning Resource Center and $100,000 for Rodman Center for the Arts in earlier years. Delmar D. Wensink, Class of 1916, was an executive with Stolper Industries. In December 1979, the College announced the Delmar D. Wensink Professorship of Political Economy from the Stolper-Wensink Foundation.

References: Fact Sheet, p.10; Tomkies, p.1; Pictorial Review, p.2-3; Ripon College: A History, pp.1,246; Ripon College press releases, October 30, 1979 and December 18, 1979; College Days, January 27, 1931.


Named For: Trees in the yard.

Location: 206 Hall Street, on the northeast corner of Tygert and Hall Streets.

Former Uses: Used as a men’s dormitory before World War II.

Razed or Sold: Sold.







Named for: The Evans family, probably Silas Evans, 1898 graduate and President of the College from 1911 to 1917, and from 1921 to 1943. (Tomkies, p. 6, says that it was named for a nephew of President Evans, Edward S. Evans, by his father, Curtis A. Evans, M.D., a prominent Milwaukee physician, who wished to commemorate his son.

Location: Bordered by Seward Street on the north and Thorne Street on the south. To the west is Johnson Hall; to the east, Hughes House

Date of Construction: 1939

Architect: Originally designed by Thomas Tallmadge, a well-known Chicago architect, as part of the Tallmadge Plan – an attempt to plot the physical expansion of the campus – which the Board of Trustees endorsed in 1938. The Tri-Dorms were the only buildings designed by Tallmadge and located according to his plan.

Cost: 160,000

Capacity: 32

Former Uses: The Tri-Dorms (total capacity: 102) were originally men’s dormitories, with Evans Hall Housing Theta Sigma Tau fraternity (later Sigma Nu, and again renamed Theta Sigma Tau).

Present Uses: Since World War II, the Tri-Dorms have housed freshmen women.

Alterations: In 1988, under President Stott, the Tri-Dorms underwent a $3 million renovation and, as one Then-freshman put it, deserve the name “Tri-Condos.” Installations in 1988 included kitchens, Music practice rooms, silent-typing rooms, exercise rooms, computer rooms and lounges.

References: Pictorial Review, p.10; Fact Sheet, p.1; Ripon College: A History. pp.141, 187.

Hughes House/ Evans CenterEVANS ADMISSION CENTER

Also Known As: The President’s House; Parkhurst Hall; Hughes House

Named For: Silas Evans and his wife, Nell. Evans served as Ripon College’s president from 1910-1917 and again from 1921-1943.

Location: The comer of Seward Street and Woodside Avenue.

Date of Construction: 1863. Built by President William Merriman, the first President of Ripon College.

Former Uses: The Evans Admissions Center was called The President’s House, since Ripon College’s first president, William Merriman, lived there until his resignation in 1876. The house was then passed to several private owners, but was acquired again by the College in 1900 as a house for President Hughes. It was used as a women’s dormitory under the name of Parkhurst Hall during the Culbertson administration. Thereafter, the house again served as the president’s house until the fall of 1967, when it was converted into a women’s dormitory. Between 1974 and 1980, it served as the dean’s house, at which time, under Dean Henry Pommer and his wife, it was extensively refurbished. The house was also used for the meetings and social events of The Hughes House Society, originally called the Ripon College Society of Scholars. Before it became an admissions center, it was used for receptions, faculty talks, or Friday afternoon gatherings.

Recent Renovations: The Evans Admissions Center was renovated in 2005 and now houses the offices of admission.

Notes: A “college within a college” was created as an experiment in living group seminars in 1967-68. Fifteen freshmen women were chosen to reside in the Evans Center, then known as Hughes House. The students’ classes were held at the residence. The experiment ended, because of a fire, shortly after the beginning of second semester.

References: Crimson 1968, p. 103.


Location: Two buildings, each having eight units, on the northeast corner of Oak and Lincoln Streets. One apartment unit faces Oak Street; the other unit faces Lincoln Street.

Acquired for the College: Built for the College in the 1940s by the Lincoln-Oak corporation, a private company made up of college officers and trustees. Originally managed by the First National Bank, the apartments were then purchased by the College.

Present Uses: —Note–Sold 1998 Have been used for low-cost housing for faculty, staff, married students, other college-related people, and also non-college people if space was available. At one time, there was a guest apartment for visiting lecturers, candidates, etc. Managed by the college bookstore manager.

References: Ripon College: A History, p.173.





Named For: Albert G. Farr, Chicago banker, and trustee of the College from 1897 to 1913. His daughter Shirley was also a trustee for 41 years. She willed approximately $1 million to the College in 1957.

Location: Corner of Ransom and Seward Streets.

Date of Construction: 1960-61. Dedicated in October 1961.

Cost: $613,495.

Present and Former Uses: Farr Hall has always been used primarily as a science building. When it was built, it contained faculty offices, an auditorium-lecture hall with a seating capacity of 250, a science reference library, photo labs, and a greenhouse, in addition to classroom space. In 1971, the computer center was established in Farr Hall. (Cost: $95,000.) The computer center moved to Kemper in 1988.

References: Archives Hollinger Files: Building and Grounds — Farr Hall; Pictorial Review, pp.14, 18.




Named For: Dr. Sidney Storrs Hall, former owner of the house, who was a physician, veteran of the Civil War, and alumnus of the College.

Location: West side of Woodside Avenue, between Harwood House and Dean Northrop’s home.

Former Uses: After being the home of Dr. Hall, it was used as the residence for the fraternity Theta Sigma Tau, which was later named Sigma Nu, and again renamed Theta Sigma Tau.

Razed or Sold: Razed in June 1972.

References: Tomkies, p.8.





Named For: Mary C. Harwood, Dean of Women and Professor of German and French from 1895 to 1914.

Location: Corner of Thorne Street and Woodside Avenue.

Date of Construction: 1890s. Built by Rufus C. Flagg, then President of the College.

Acquired for the College: Purchased by the College in 1916.

Former Uses: It was originally the home of President Flagg. In 1901, the College traded it for the home of Mr. T.S. Chittenden (see Hughes House) on the corner of Woodside Avenue and Seward Street. The building was re-acquired by the College in 1916 and was used as a women’s residence hall. In the 1920s, it became the house of Delta Phi Sigma sorority (later Kappa Delta). It was used briefly as a men’s residence after the construction of Johnson Hall. In 1970, the residence was used as a dorm for women students majoring in French. The head resident was a French National Student Teaching Assistant. The women living there were only allowed to speak French.

Razed or Sold: Razed in 1975.




Also Known as: Frank J. Harwood Memorial Union; The Union.

Named for: Mr. Frank J. Harwood, a member of the Board of Trustees from 1916 until his death in 1940

Location: Corner of Seward and Elm Street

Date of Construction: It was completed in 1942 and dedicated in 1944.

Cost: $165,000

Former Uses: When it was built in 1942, the Union housed the college dining hall, the Offices of all college publications, a lounge, meeting rooms, grill, bookstore,the alumni office, and the admissions office. The Rotunda also contained two montage murals, under glass, depicting scenes of the early history of the College and community, which were painted by Lester Schwartz, Artist-in-Residence, and later Professor of Art.

Present Uses: Presently, Great Hall is used for events such as campus speakers, dances, and other college functions.

Recent Alterations: In 1963, the college chapel was erected on the upper floor of the Union and other work was done to remodel the Union. In 1988, a connection between the basement of the Union and Bartlett was constructed. In 2005, the Bookstore moved from Harwood Union to Pickard Commons. The main floor of the Union underwent a major renovation in 2005. The dining area near the Pub was renovated in 2007 and now has a stage, Crimson pool tables and comfy lounge furniture.

References: Tomkies, p.5;


Also Known As: Ingalls Park.

Named For: Ingalls Field was given to the College in 1889 by John G. Ingalls, an 1876 Ripon College graduate.

Location: Next to St. Wenceslas Church on East Fond du Lac Street.

Present and Former Uses: Ingalls Field is used for both Ripon High School and Ripon College student athletic events, particularly football and track competitions.

Remarks: In 1930, Athenian Hall was moved to Ingalls Field to be used as a fieldhouse. It was razed upon refurbishing of Ingalls Field in January 1983.

Alterations: Ingall’s field got a new press box, field lights, concession stand and ticket booth thanks to nearly three hundred volunteers who pitched in to make the improvements happen. They also rewired the field and re-built the visitor’s side bleachers.

Razed or Sold: In 1939, the College sold Ingalls Field to the City of Ripon with the understanding that the College would still have the right to use it for athletic competitions.

References: Tomkies, p .12.


Named For: Orrin H. Ingram, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin lumberman, trustee and benefactor of the College.

Location: On the brow of the “Hill,” south of East Hall.

Date of Construction: 1900. Open for classes in 1901.

Present and Former Uses: Intended as a science classroom building, Ingram became a multipurpose building, also containing recitation rooms, laboratories, faculty offices, the college library and a carpenter shop. When Lane Library was finished in 1931 and the library was moved from Ingram, the space was converted into offices and classrooms.

Remarks: Ingram was razed in two sections. The east end was razed in Spring 1968. (The exposed side became a favorite site for campus graffiti.) In 1969, the rest of Ingram was demolished.

References: Tomkies, p.2; Pictorial Review, p.8; Ripon College: A History, p.243.



Johnson Hall – Parkhurst House


Named For: Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. Johnson of Racine, Wisconsin; Mrs. Johnson was a trustee.

Location: On Thorne Street, between Tri-Dorms and Bowen’s Woods.

Date of Construction: 1962. Dedicated Nov 2, 1962; Addition, 1966.

Architects: Shattuck, Siewert & Associates of Neenah. Cost: $885,000 (original); $117,713 (addition).

Capacity: 210 students

Present Uses: Johnson is the primary upperclass women’s dorm, including sororities (Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Psi Delta, and Alpha Chi Omega) and Independents. Pi Delta Xi was housed in Johnson in 1991-1992.

Note: Johnson Hall replaced Duffie, Hall, Harwood, Lyle, Parkhurst and Tracy Houses as women’s dorms when it was built and housed all the sororities. The original dorm was financed on a self-amortizing basis with a loan obtained from the Federal Housing Authority.

References: Fact Sheet, p.3.


Also Known As: James S. Kemper Building. Earlier, it was known as Kemper Clinic.

Named For: James S. Kemper, Sr., a Chicago insurance executive and long-time member of the board of trustees.

Location: On the south side of Thorne Street across from the Quads.

Cost: $312,000.

Date of Construction: Construction began in February 1966 and was completed in January 1967.

Former Uses: Kemper was used as a city and campus medical clinic until 1988. From 1966 through the early 1980s, two physicians had free space in Kemper and a salary in exchange for providing limited hours of health service for the students. In the early 1980s, the College decided this arrangement was no longer desirable, but since the bonding required that the building remain a health service until the bonds were retired, Kemper was maintained as an infirmary with a reduced staff of nurses until 1988. After the clinic was closed, a new infirmary, staffed by one nurse, was opened in Bartlett Hall.

Present Uses: In 1988, it was transformed into the campus computer center which houses the campus servers and a computer lab.

Note: The first computer center was established in Farr Hall and moved to Kemper in 1988.

References: Fact Sheet, p.5; Ripon College: A History, p.247.


Also Known As: The Ripon College Library.

Named For: Rollin B. Lane, Class of 1872, who donated $100,000 for the original library.

Location: South of West Hall. The back of the building is on Elm Street.

Date of Construction: 1930. Dedicated June 15, 1931.

Architect: Roger A. Sutherland, Class of 1919.

Present and Former Uses: In addition to housing the entire library collection, Lane Library also houses the college Archives and a computer lab. The Waitkus lab, housed in the former art gallery, holds 20 workstations, an instructor’s station and has a wall and an overhead projector. The main floor features an Information Commons with 16 workstations.


Note: The art gallery on Floor 1 was originally the faculty lounge, until that was relocated to West Hall. (After 1980, Wensink Lounge in East Hall became the primary faculty lounge, although West Hall continues to have a faculty lounge combined with the museum.) Before it was placed in the Library, the art gallery had been in Harwood Memorial Union. The library’s former gallery space is now the Waitkus computer lab.

Alterations: In 1962, the United Church of Christ gave $100,000 for the renovation and improvement of Lane Library. Then, in 1972, the Todd Wehr Foundation donated enough money to build an addition to the existing structure. The addition, called Wehr Learning Resources Center, was completed in 1974. The recently formed Friends of Lane Library group works closely with library staff to enhance the library’s faciltiies and collections.

Note: The inscription over the entrance reads: “He that doeth truth cometh to the light.” It is from the Bible: John 3: 21 which reads as follows: “But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Note: In January 1931, 50,000 volumes were moved from Ingram Hall to Lane by ROTC men under the direction of librarian Josephine Ruth Hargrave.

References: Fact Sheet, p.12.


Also Known As: The Birthplace of the Republican Party.

Named For: Its original use and the fact that the meeting in Ripon in 1853 to form the Republican Party was held there.

Location: On the corner of Seward and Elm (present site of Harwood Union) between 1908 and 1940. It was temporarily moved to a site next to Bartlett Hall in 1929, where it became the backdrop for a speakers platform during the 75th anniversary celebration of the birth of the Republican Party. In 1940, it was moved up the hill and placed next to West Hall (close to Elm Street). It stood empty from then until the 1950s when it was moved (for the sixth time) and placed on its present site at 303 Blackburn Street, in front of the Republican House Restaurant.

Built: 1863.

Former Uses: Between 1863 and 1860, it was used as a schoolhouse. After its removal to the corner of E. Fond du Lac and Houston Streets, it became a residence (1860-1908). While on the Ripon College campus, it was a museum for the science departments.

Present Uses: The Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce owns and maintains the schoolhouse as an historical site. Tours are available.

References: Pedrick, S.M. and George Miller, History of Ripon.


Location: 515 Thorne Street.

Date of Construction: 1880

Acquired for College: On December 6, 1957, the College purchased the property.

Cost: $36,000.

Former Uses: At the time of purchase, this residence was in operation as a mortuary facility. (According to a memo dated September 10, 1974.) It was used as rental property for faculty and administrators. It was the home of Dean Ashley for a time and later of Professor and Mrs. Ralph Wickstrom.

Present Uses: It is presently the Thorne Apple Inn, a bed and breakfast, which also caters many college functions and houses guests of the College on occasion.

Razed or Sold: Sold by the College in 1974 to Ralph Wickstrom, Professor of Physical Education.


Also Known As: The Big Red Barn.

Named For: Catherine and William Lyle, who donated the building to the College.

Location: 602 Woodside Avenue, corner of Woodside Ave. and Oak Street.

Cost: $14,215.95.

Date of Construction: Late 1800s.

Acquired for College: Acquired during the Hughes administration.

Capacity: 19 students and a housemother.

Former Uses: Alpha Gamma Theta sorority, which was the forerunner of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, used Lyle Hall as their residence.

Note: The 1923 Crimson notes that: “Since the personnel of Lyle has nearly doubled [15 women are pictured], the attic has been happily utilized for sleeping quarters in connection with a gymnasium.” There are also stories of a ballroom on the upper floor of Lyle.

Razed or Sold: Sold upon completion of Johnson Hall.

References: Tomkies, p.8; Note in Archives Photo File dated 1973.


Also Known As: Originally named “Center Hall,” renamed Mapes around 1971.

Named For: Captain David Mapes, who founded the village of Ripon and the College. Location: On the southeast end of the Quads along Thorne Street.

Cost: $400,000.

Date of Construction: 1960

Capacity: 99 students.

Present Uses: Mapes houses Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and Theta Sigma Tau co-ed Fraternity, as well as Independents.

Alterations: Mapes was renovated in 2003.

Remarks: Mapes was the third of the Quads to be built.

References: Fact Sheet, p.4.


Also Known As: Designated Memorial Hall in 1959, but commonly called Memorial Gym or the Old Gym. Its original name was The Indoor Athletic Field.

Named For: In memory of Ripon students who lost their lives in WW I and WW II, and later for those who died during the Korean War and the Vietnam Conflict, the building was renamed Memorial Gymnasium in 1951. A memorial plaque is mounted on a stone in front of Memorial Hall and contains the names of Ripon College students who died in wartime duty.

Location: Elm Street, north of Seward Street.

Date of Construction: 1911.

Capacity: Approximately 1400 people.

Former Uses: Originally built as an “Indoor Athletic Field,” it consisted of a basketball floor bordered by a running track with an earth surface and raised gallery for spectators. In 1918, the gym floor was remodeled to provide a surface for basketball, indoor baseball, tennis, indoor soccer, as well as other events. Following a fund drive after World War II, the building was enlarged to its present form. It continued to be used as the college gymnasium until replaced by Storzer in 1967. Memorial Hall was also used for a variety of campus needs: registration for classes, print studio for the Art department, recreation, dances, intramural athletics, music events such as Milwaukee Symphony concerts, and other special community-oriented activities sponsored by the College. Alterations: Remodeled in 1957. In 1980, the Kresge Foundation offered a challenge grant to remodel East, West and Memorial Halls.

Razed: 1999

References: Tomkies, p.4; Pictorial Review, p.9; Fact Sheet, p.8.

Merriman HouseMERRIMAN HOUSE Named For: Dr. William E. Merriman, the first President of Ripon College.

Location: Constructed on the former site of Sanford House on Congress Street. [470 Congress Street]

Date of Construction: 1940.

Cost: $27,000.

Capacity: 35 students.

Former Uses: Phi Kappa Pi fraternity leased the site and built Merriman as their house. The cost of building the house was split between the College and the alumni of Phi Kappa Pi. The members agreed to pay back the portion the College paid so that the fraternity would eventually own the building. In 1988, the College took over ownership. Used briefly during World War II as a dormitory for women students.

Note: The name Merriman House was originally given to the present Ransom House, first home of Phi Kappa Pi fraternity.

References: Tomkies, p.4; Fact Sheet, p.7.





Named For: The address of the President’s home, the only residence on Merriman Lane. William E. Merriman was the first President of Ripon College.

Location: West of Storzer Physical Education Center on Merriman Lane.

Date of Construction: 1967.

Present and Former Uses: Serves as the home of the President of Ripon College.





Named For: Albert Farr’s wife’s family, the original occupants of the house.

Location: 121 Thorne Street, the intersection of Thorne and Ransom Streets.

Date of Construction: Early 1880s.

Date of College Acquisition: Parkhurst was acquired during the Culbertson term, between 1917 and 1921. Shirley Farr deeded the house to the College.

Former Uses: Originally used by the college as the residence for President Culbertson, 1917-1921. After 1921, it became a women’s dormitory (Pi Delta Omega sorority, later Alpha XI Delta). It housed 15 students and a housemother.

Remarks: The name Parkhurst Hall had previously been used for the present Hughes House. When President Evans left Ripon in 1917, his home on the corner of Woodside and Seward Streets became a dormitory for women displaced from Bartlett by the Army SATC. Until 1921 it was known as Parkhurst. When Evans returned in 1921, he moved back into the present Evans Admission Center (previously known as Hughes House). Meanwhile the Culbertsons had left the former home of the Parkhurst family on Thorne Street. It then became a women’s dormitory with the name Parkhurst.

Razed or Sold: Auctioned to John Zei following completion in 1962 of Johnson and Scott Hall in 1964, which then housed all sororities. It was afterwards sold to Dr. and Mrs. Earle Scott.



Pedrick House – Smith Hall


Named For: Samuel Pedrick, alumnus, benefactor and trustee, lawyer, and unofficial historian of the city of Ripon.

Location: 523 Watson Street.

Present and Former Uses: From 1947-1953, the Pedrick house was used as a fraternity house (Lambda Delta Alpha, which was later named Delta Upsilon, and again named Lambda Delta Alpha.) In the 1950’s, the group living there was moved to Barker and then to the Quads.

References: Tomkies, p.12.





Also Known As: The Commons; S.N. Pickard Commons.

Named For: Samuel N. Pickard, trustee from 1932-1973, and chairman of the Ripon College Board of Trustees, 1950-1962.

Location: Elm Street and Congress Street, next to Memorial Gym, on the site of former Barker House.

Cost: $830,000.

Date of Construction: Construction began in 1961 and was completed in 1962. Pickard Commons was dedicated May 23, 1963.

Recent Renovations: In 2005, the lobby of the Commons welcomed the Ripon College bookstore and a coffee bar.

Capacity: 750.

Present and Former Uses: Pickard Commons replaced the old dining room in Harwood Memorial Union and has always been used as the dining hall for the entire campus. The Commons also hosts the faculty Brown Bag Lunch series and meetings of the Board of Trustees. It is also home to the Student Activities offices.

References: Pictorial Review, p.14; Fact Sheet, p.7; Ripon College: A History, p. 204.

Ransom HouseRANSOM HOUSE Also Known As: Merriman House, Bartlett Annex, and the Infirmary.

Named For: Its location on Ransom Street.

Location: The corner of Ransom and Blossom Streets, at 120 Blossom Street.

Date of Construction: Late 19th or early 20th century.

Former Uses: Ransom House was used as a fraternity house (Merriman), a freshman women’s dormitory, and as a college and city infirmary. During the construction of Todd Wehr and later, it was used for classes and offices for the Anthropology and Sociology departments and the Economics department.

Razed or Sold: Ransom House was sold by the College in 1976 to Kenneth Lay, former director of Public Relations, who then sold it in the 1980s to Duke Lehto, a staff member of the College.


Location: North of the present Johnson Hall site, between Johnson Hall site and Seward Street.

Acquired for College: After World War II, the theater was purchased from the Army and moved from Illinois to Ripon.

Former Uses: The theater had a seating capacity of 612 and was used for plays, musical recitals, films, and college convocations. Ripon alumni Harrison Ford and Frances Lee McCain both performed at the Red Barn Theatre as students.

Razed or Sold: Red Barn Theater was destroyed in a fire in May 1964. The College then used the former Grace Lutheran Church, located on Ransom Street, for a theater until Rodman Center for the Arts was built in 1971. The Grace Lutheran church was then purchased, and later razed, by Charles Larson, Professor of Physical Education.

References: Tomkies, p.10; Fact Sheet, p.9.



Rodman HallRODMAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS Also Known As: C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts; or Rodman.

Named For: Clarence J. Rodman, Class of 1913, Ohio industrialist, who made gifts of securities valued at $525,000 for construction of the building. Benstead Theater was named for Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Benstead, both trustees, and Demmer Recital Hall was named in recognition of the contribution from the Demmer Foundation. A number of other areas are named for people who contributed to the building fund or who made important contributions to the arts at the College. The Kresge Foundation was one of the donors for Rodman.

Location: West of Union Street, south of Congress Street and north of Thorne Street. Rodman is across from the Storzer Physical Education Building.

Cost: $3,000,000.

Date of Construction: Construction began in May 1971. Dedicated October 27, 1972. Class use began in August 30, 1972.

Architect: Shattuck, Siewert and Associates of Neenah.

Present and Former Uses: Rodman has 52,400 square feet of space, housing the Speech, Drama, Art and Music departments. It includes Demmer Recital Hall and Benstead Theater. Sound-proofed practice and listening rooms, a music library and resources room, a multimedia center, a recording booth, art studios, rehearsal and dressing rooms, faculty offices, and classrooms. The lobby serves as an art gallery and has display vaults for two large Van Dyck paintings donated to the College by Mrs. Lillian Rojtman and the Marc B. Rojtman Foundation. In the summer of 1982, a Bedient tracker pipe organ was installed in Demmer Recital Hall.

Further Notes

Note: Marc B. Rojtman pledged the “Portrait of a Young Gentleman (Sir Roger Tonnshend)” to the College in 1965, but the College did not receive the title until 1977. “Portrait of the Princess Amalia of the House of Orange” was on loan to the College for display from early 1977, but the College did not receive title to the painting until 1982.

Note: In the summer of 1982, a tracker organ, built by Gene Bedient and Company of Lincoln, Nebraska, and designed specifically for the space in Demmer Recital Hall was installed. A bequest from Mildred Thiel, former music instructor and administrative secretary at the College, was a prime factor in funding the acquisition of the pipe organ. Donald Spies, Associate Professor of Music, gave the debut performance of the organ on July 28, 1982. The organ was officially dedicated on Homecoming Weekend, October 15, 1982, with a performance by Harold Vogel, director of the West German Organ Academy.

References: Clarence J. Rodman Center for the Arts, September 1972, Brochure (illustrated); College Days, February 19, 1982, p.4; College Relations Release, July 20, 1982.

Sanford HouseSANFORD HOUSE Also Known As: The Economia Club, an eating cooperative for men. The house was owned by Mrs. Mary Bessett who served as matron for the co-op.

Location: On the present site of Merriman House on Congress Street.

Date of Construction: Late 1800s.

Acquired for College: Sanford was acquired during the Culbertson term, between 1917 and 1921.

Former Uses: Sanford was used as a men’s dormitory and fraternity house (Theta Sigma Tau, later named Sigma Nu, and again named Theta Sigma Tau).

Razed or Sold: Razed for erection of Merriman House, home of Phi Kappa Pi fraternity between October 17, 1939 and March 15, 1940.

References: Tomkies, p.12.





Also Known As: Marshall Scott Hall; Old Scott and New Scott (the addition).

Named For: Marshall R. Scott, a trustee of the College from 1932 until his death in 1936. Scott, a Ripon businessman and industrialist, was general manager and president of Barlow and Seelig Co., which was the predecessor of Speed Queen Co.

Location: Next to Bowen’s Woods on Thorne Street.

Date of Construction: 1950-1951. The original building was constructed in 1950-51. A five-story addition was completed in 1966.

Former Uses: Scott Hall was first used in the 1950-1951 school year as a residence hall for freshmen men and transfer students. The three-story structure accommodated 146 students.

Present Uses: A five-story addition, completed in 1966, made Scott the tallest building on campus, and brought the total student capacity to 244. On the upper level are 32 individual study carrels. The building had another addition completed around 1995, which added another 22 rooms and brought the capacity to just under 290. Presently Scott Hall is co-ed, with men in the old portion and women and men housed on alternate floors in the new addition. The three areas of the building are now known as East (the tower), Middle (the old part), and West (the new addition) Scott. East Scott houses first year men and women as well as some upperclass men and women. There is also a coed substance free living group called Societas Tresvost (ST) that lives on fourth floor. Middle Scott houses first year men primarily, although there are occasionally floors of first year women depending on the year. West Scott is upperclass men and women. The building has many nice features including guest rooms, many study areas and lounges, a kitchen, a game room and TV lounge, and other lounges used for gatherings and campus meetings.

References: Tomkies, p.10; Pictorial Review, p.14; Fact Sheet, p.4.


Also Known As: The Dean’s House and Scribner Hall.

Named For: The five Scribner sisters who lived in this house for most of their lives.

Location: 416 Woodside Avenue.

Former Uses: Purchased by the College in 1920, Scribner House became the residence of the Dean of the College.

Present Uses: It has served primarily as rental property for faculty.

References: Tomkies, p.8.






Named For: Clarence A. Shaler, a student in the Ripon preparatory department during the 1870s. Shaler made his fortune in tire vulcanizing. He was also a sculptor, who created and contributed the statue of Abraham Lincoln which stands west of Farr Hall as well as the Genesis statue between West and Middle Halls.

Location: The eastern wing of Tri-Dorms, bordered by Seward Street on the north, Thorne Street on the south. Johnson Hall is west of Shaler and Hughes House is east of it.

Cost: $160,000.

Date of Construction: 1939.

Architect: Originally designed by Thomas Tallmadge, a well-known Chicago architect, as part of the Tallmadge Plan — an attempt to plot the physical expansion of the campus — which the Board of Trustees endorsed in 1938. The Tri-Dorms were the only buildings designed by Tallmadge and located according to his plan.

Capacity: 35.

Former Uses: Tri-Dorms (total capacity: 102) were originally used as men’s dormitories. Omega Sigma Chi fraternity (later Sigma Chi) occupied Shaler.

Present Uses: Since World War II, Tri- Dorms have housed freshmen women.

Alterations: In 1988, under President Stott, the Tri-Dorms underwent a $3 million renovation and, as one then-freshman put it, deserve the name “Tri-Condos.” Installations in 1988 included kitchens, a music practice room, computer room, exercise room, quiet study room and lounges.

References: Pictorial Review, p.10; Fact Sheet, p.1.


Also Known As: Middle Hall or Middle College. It was known as Smith Hall from 1903 to 1971 and bore the name Middle Hall until 2004.

Named For: Elisha D. Smith was a Menasha manufacturer and benefactor of the College. The name was changed to Middle Hall when North Hall (in the Quads) was renamed Smith Hall around 1971. It was renamed Smith Hall in the summer of 2004.

Location: On the “Hill” between East and West Halls.

Date of Construction: Construction began in 1855 and was completed in 1857.

Former Uses: The second building constructed, Middle College originally, housed women students, along with classrooms, meeting rooms and the college commons. It became a men’s residence hall after the completion of Bartlett Cottage in 1888. Before World War II, it was the house of Delta Sigma Psi fraternity (later Sigma Alpha Epsilon). After the war and until the building of the Quads, it housed Delta Sigma Psi and Omega Sigma Chi (later Sigma Chi). On January 7, 1931, the interior of the building was consumed by fire. Rebuilding began immediately. Smith Hall housed the offices of the President and the Dean of Faculty until the College renovated the Carnegie Building in 2006.

Present Uses: Smith Hall became the main administrative building in 1958. It includes the offices of the Vice President for Development and Vice President for Finance, as well as offices for Admission, Business, Public Relations, Financial Aid, Alumni and Parent Relations. The duplicating department is on the bottom floor.

Note: The offices of the Dean of Students, the Registrar, and Career Development were moved from Middle Hall to Bartlett Hall when Bartlett was renovated in 1988.

References: Tomkies, p.2; Pictorial Review, pp.3, 19; College Days, 1931.



Storzer – Wright Hall


Also Known As: John M. Storzer Physical Education Center; or Storzer.

Named For: John M. Storzer, Professor of Physical Education. Wyman Gymnasium was named for Earl W. Wyman; Aylward Hall was named for Edmund J. Aylward, and Kohler swimming pool was named for John M. Kohler. All were trustees and benefactors of the College, active in the Forward Thrust Campaign that provided funds for building Storzer.

Location: On the west side of Union Street, at the west end of Thorne Street.

Cost: $2,000,000.

Architect: Shattuck, Siewert and Associates of Neenah.

Date of Construction: 1967. Dedicated January 28, 1968.

Former Uses: Storzer has always been the physical education building.

Present Uses: Storzer houses two full-sized gymnasiums (Aylward Hall and Wyman Gymnasium); handball and racquetball courts; a weight room; wrestling room; dance studio; competition-size indoor swimming pool; locker rooms; training room; an exercise room; and a classroom. When used for basketball games, Wyman Gymnasium seats 1800. Aylward has a Tartan floor, which is ideal for indoor tennis as well as soccer. The outer ring of Wyman (with bleachers retracted) and Aylward forms a 160-yard track.

References: Pictorial Review, p.14; Fact Sheet, p.6.


Named For: Jesse Fox Taintor, Class of 1873, and Professor of English Literature at Ripon College, who had lived in the house. His daughter Mary also taught at Ripon College.

Location: 616 Ransom Street.

Former Uses: Taintor House was used in 1938 for overflow housing and again during the 1955-56 school year as the Pi Tau Pi sorority house.

Razed or Sold: Sold.







Named For: Todd C. Frederick Wehr, Milwaukee industrialist.

Location: On the west side of Ransom Street, facing west, between East Hall and Farr Hall of Science.

Date of Construction: 1968. Dedicated May 17, 1969.

Cost: $1,027,860.

Present and Former Uses: This four-level structure is the main classroom building on campus. It houses classrooms, faculty offices, seminar rooms, a language lab, a calculator room, and a lecture hall. It also houses the departments of Education, Economics, Mathematics, and Psychology.

Note: The project was financed with a federal grant, a federal loan, and $338,227 in private gifts. The Todd Wehr Foundation was a substantial contributor.

References: Fact Sheet, p.11.


Named For: Mrs. Clarissa Tucker Tracy, known as the “Mother of Ripon College,” who served the College from 1859 to 1905 in a number of roles, from faculty member, Superintendent of the Ladies Department, dining hall and housekeeping department supervisor to proctor in the dormitory, counselor, nurse and equivalent of a modern day Dean of Women.

Location: Corner of Thorne and Ransom Streets.

Former Uses: Originally used as a men’s dormitory (Lambda Delta Alpha fraternity, later Delta Upsilon). (See remarks below.) After World War II, the house was occupied by the Speech department, the radio station, and the National Forensic League, which had been rounded at Ripon. It also served as the residence and studio of Artist-in-Residence, Lester Schwartz. In 1958, it became a sorority house (Pi Tau Pi, later Alpha Delta Pi).

Razed or Sold: After completion of Johnson Hall, which was constructed to house all the sororities, the building was sold to college business manager William Hannon.

Note: There had been an earlier Tracy House. Mrs. Tracy’s home, located on Ransom Street had belonged to the College. After her death, the house was used as a dormitory for men. These men organized Lambda Delta Alpha fraternity. When they moved into the much larger house on Thorne Street, they took the name Tracy with them. The first Tracy House was sold by the College.

References: Tomkies, p.9.


Also Known As: West College.

Named For: Its location to the west of Middle and East Halls.

Location: On the “Hill,” off Elm Street, next to Middle Hall.

Date of Construction: 1867.

Former Uses: West was the third building constructed and has been used for a wide variety of purposes. It has been a men’s residence hall, as well as housing the chapel, library, general offices, recitation rooms, young men’s societies, and a gymnasium. During the Hughes administration, West was rebuilt to house the dining hall, known as the Alumni Commons. From 1920 to the 1950s, it was the home of Alpha Phi Omega fraternity (later Phi Delta Theta). In 1980, the Kresge Foundation gave the College a challenge grant to remodel East, West and Memorial Halls and West was refurbished inside with carpeting and paneling.

Present Uses: Currently, West contains classrooms and offices for the English and German departments on the second floor, and Romance Languages on third floor. (The History department was in West Hall for some time, but moved to East Hall about 1980.) The Anthropology department can be found on the first underground level of West Hall near the ROTC. The Ripon College Historical Museum, which opened in 1989, is in the faculty lounge on the main floor. There is also a kitchen off the lounge/museum. ROTC uses the main floor classroom and has offices, classrooms, and a lounge on the floor below, and a rifle range on the lowest floor of West Hall.

References: Tomkies, p.2; Pictorial Review, p.3.


Named For: Its location near Bowen’s Woods.

Location: Thorne Street, at the present site of Scott Hall.

Date of Construction: 1800s.

Former Uses: Woodside House was once the residence of Jehdeiah Bowen, a founder of the College. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was used as a fraternity house (Alpha Omega Alpha).

Razed or Sold: Razed in 1939.

References: Tomkies, p.12.







Named For: John W. Wright, resident of Ripon, trustee and benefactor of the College.

Location: The western wing of Tri-Dorms, bordered by Seward Street on the north and Thorne Street on the south. To the west is Johnson Hall; to the east, Hughes House.

Date of Construction: 1939.

Architect: Originally designed by Thomas Tallmadge, a well-known Chicago architect, as part of the Tallmadge Plan — an attempt to plot the physical expansion of the campus — which the Board of Trustees endorsed in 1938. The Tri-Dorms were the only buildings designed by Tallmadge and located according to his plan.

Cost: $160,000.

Capacity: 35.

Former Uses: The Tri-Dorms (total capacity: 102) were originally planned as men’s dormitories. Alpha Omega Alpha fraternity (later Theta Chi) occupied Wright.

Present Uses: Since World War II, the Tri-Dorms have housed freshmen women.

Alterations: In 1988, under President Stott, the Tri-Dorms underwent a $3 million renovation and, as one then-freshman put it, deserve the name “Tri-Condos.” Installations in 1988 included kitchens, music practice rooms, silent-typing rooms, exercise rooms, computer rooms and lounges.

References: Pictorial Review, p.10; Fact Sheet, p.l.


Additional Guides

Buildings Chronology

1851 East Hall
1855 Middle Hall
1867 West Hall
1887-88 Bartlett Cottage
1889 Ingalls Park
1900 Ingram Hall
1900 Hughes House
circa 1900 Ransom House
1908 Little White Schoolhouse
1916 Harwood House
1917 Sanford House
1917 Parkhurst House
1918 Duffie House
1918 Memorial Gym, remodeled
1920 Woodside House
1920 Scribner House
1929 Bowen’s Woods
1930 Heating Plant
1930 Lane Library
1938 Taintor House
1939 Tri-Dorms (Evans Hall, Shaler Hall, and Wright Hall)
1940 Merriman House
ca1940 Faculty Apartments
ca1945 Memorial Gym, remodeled
1942 Harwood Memorial Union
1945 The Barracks
1950 Scott Hall
1953 Barker House
1957 Lowe House
1957 Memorial Gym, remodeled
1958 Quads (Bovay Hall, Mapes Hall, Scott Hall, Smith Hall)
1960 Farr Hall of Science
1961 Pickard Commons
1961 Sadoff Field
1962 Johnson Hall
1966 Scott Hall, addition
1967 Kemper Clinic
1967 One Merriman Lane
1967 Storzer Physical Education Center
1968 Todd Wehr
1971 Rodman Center for the Arts
1974 Wehr Learning Resources Center
1980-81 Memorial Hall, renovated [2nd time]
1980-1 East Hall, renovated
1980-1 West Hall, renovated
1987-88 Bartlett Hall, renovated
1988 Tri-Dorms (Evans Hall, Shaler Hall, and Wright Hall), renovated
1991 Rodman addition
1991 Storzer addition
1991 Harwood Memorial Union remodeled
1996 Farr Hall addition
2006 Carnegie Building
2007 Campus Apartments

Buildings by Street

Blackburn St. [303] Heating Plant 1930
Blackburn St. [303] Little White Schoolhouse 1908
Blackburn St. [303] Republican House
Blossom St. [120] Corner Blossom/Ransom Ransom House ca1900
Congress St. Corner/Elm/Congress Barker House 1953
Congress St. Rodman 1971
Congress St. Sanford House 1917
Congress St. [470] Merriman House 1940
Congress St. [470] Sanford House 1917
E. Fond du Lac Corner E. Fond du Lac/Houston Little White Schoolhouse
E. Fond du Lac St. Athenian Hall
E. Fond du Lac St. Ingalls Field 1889
Elm Street Corner/Congress/Elm Barker House 1953
Elm Street Corner/Seward/Elm Harwood Memorial Union 1942
Elm Street Corner/Seward/Elm Little White Schoolhouse 1908
Elm Street Lane Library [back] 1930
Elm Street Corner/Congress/Elm Pickard Commons 1961
Elm Street Wehr Learning Resources Center 1974
Hall Street N.E. corner/Tygert Hall The Elms ?
Lincoln Street Faculty Apartments c1940
Merriman Lane, One One Merriman Lane 1967
Oak Street Faculty Apartments c1940
Ransom Street Corner/Ransom/Thorne Tracy House ?
Ransom Street Brand Rex Coffee House
Ransom Street Wisconsin State Historical Marker
Ransom Street [220] First Congregational Church
Ransom Street [616] Taintor House 1938
Ransom St. (West side) Todd Wehr 1968
Ransom Street Corner Ransom/Seward 1960 1991
Seward Street Bartlett Cottage 1887 1987
Seward Street Duffie House 1918
Seward Street Corner Elm/Seward Harwood Memorial Union 1942
Seward Street Corner Woodside Ave./Seward Street Hughes House 1900
Seward Street Red Barn Theater
The Hill East Hall 1851
The Hill West Hall 1867
The Hill Ingram Hall 1900
The Hill Middle Hall 1855
Thorne Street Johnson Hall 1962
Thorne Street Kemper Computer Center 1967
Thorne Street Siberia
Thorne Street The Barracks 1945
Thorne Street Tennis Courts
Thorne Street Bowen’s Woods 1929
Thorne Street The Quads: Bovay Hall 1958
Thorne Street Corner/Thorne/Woodside Harwood House 1916
Thorne Street Scott Hall Site Woodside House, former 1920
Thorne Street Rodman Center for the Arts 1971 1991
Thorne Street Sadoff Field, Upper end 1961
Thorne Steet [121] Corner/Ransom/Thorne Parkhurst House 1917
Thorne Street [300] Maude Russell property
Thorne Street [420] Draeger House [rental]
Thorne Street [515] Lowe House 1957
Thorne Street [520] Woodside House 1920
Thorne Street [520] Scott Hall 1950 1966 addition
Thorne St./Seward St Tri-Dorms: Evans, Shaler 1939 1988
Tygert Street Corner Tygert St/Hall St The Elms ?
Union Street Rodman Center for the Arts 1971 1991
Union Street Near corner Thorne/Union Storzer Physical Education Center 1967
Union Street South Woods
Union St. [333] Rahloff Property [rental]
Watson Street Ripon, city of, downtown
Woodside Corner Seward/Woodside Duffie House 1918
Woodside Avenue Hall House ?
Woodside Avenue Corner/Woodside/Thorne Campus Apartments 2007
Woodside Avenue Corner/Woodside/Thorne Harwood House 1916
Woodside Avenue Corner/Seward/Thorne Hughes House 1900
Woodside Avenue [between Thorne and Seward] Black Cultural Center
Woodside Avenue [416] Scribner House 1920
Woodside Avenue [602] Lyle House Hughes administration

Building Donors

Donor Building(s)
Aylward, Edmund J. Storzer Physical Education Center, Aylward Hall
Bartlett, Lucy Bartlett Hall (Sumner Bartlett)
Benstead, Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Rodman, Benstead Theater
Brockway, William S. East Hall [Brockway College]
Frank G. and Frieda K. Brotz Foundation Lane Library’s Waitkus Lab
Dahm, Leonard Renovation of Great Hall
Demmer Foundation Rodman, Demmer Recital Hall
Evans Family Evans Hall, Tri-Dorms; Evans Welcome Center
Farr, Albert G. Farr Hall, Parkhurst House
Farr, Shirley Bowen’s Woods, Farr Hall, Parkhurst House
Forward Thrust Campaign Storzer
Harwood, Frank J. Harwood Memorial Union
Ingalls, John G. Ingalls Field
Ingram, Orrin H. Ingram Hall
Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. Johnson Hall
Kemper, James S. Kemper Clinic
Kohler, John M. Storzer, Kohler Swimming Pool
Kresge Foundation East Hall (Kresge Little Theater), Wehr Learning Resources Center, Memorial Gymnasium, West Hall
Lane, Rollin B. Lane Library
Lyke, Audrey and Douglas Bookstore (Commons)
McNight, Sumner T. Heating Plant [Other Sites]
Pickard, Samuel N. Pickard Commons
Rojtman[Mark] Foundation Van Dyck paintings, Rodman
Sadoff Foundation Sadoff Field [Other Sites]
Scott, Marshall R. Scott Hall
Shaler, Clarence A. Shaler statues [Other sites]: Lincoln Statue and Genesis Statue
Smith, Elisha D. Middle Hall, Smith Hall (Quads)
Stolper-Wensink Foundation East Hall [Wensink Lounge]
Thiel, Mildred Bedient Pipe Organ, Rodman
United Church of Christ Lane Library
Wehr, Todd Foundation Lane Library, Todd Wehr, Wehr Learning Resources Center
Wensink, Delmar D. East Hall [Wensink Lounge]
Wright, John W. Wright Hall (Tri-Dorms)
Wyman, Earl W. Wyman Gymnasium, Storzer

Other Sites of Interest

Other Properties Purchased

Several properties along Thorne and Union Streets were purchased in the 1950’s and 1960’s to make way for expansion of the campus. Some of these include:

1958-59: Draeger House
Located on 420 Thorne Street, near Scott Hall. This property is currently used for faculty rental housing.

1965: Rahloff Property
Located on 333 Union Street, next to the baseball field.

1967: Maude Russell property
Located on Thorne Street. 300 Union Street, next to Rodman. Rental property.

Notes on Other Properties

The Carriage House of Lyle Hall, deeded according to Dean Tenney to the Girl Scouts for $1.00 (the building only, not the property) and referred to as the Girl Scout Headquarters. 321 Oak Street. Later the residence of Jean Van Hengel, a Dean of Women at the College.

The Haseltine Property was owned by the College and sold December 3, 1941 to Joseph Naylor, owner of the Naylor Toy Company. The Haseltine House is now the Republican House Restaurant. In the 1950s the property was acquired by the Republican Education Foundation, later renamed the Foundation for American Principles and Traditions.

Lawsonia (the American Baptist Assembly on Green Lake) was once available for purchase by Ripon College, but the College chose not to acquire it.

Non-Campus Sites
South Woods

Located on Union Street, south of Storzer and Rodman. A wooded area maintained without interference with nature’s processes by The South Woods Association. Open to the public, it is a lovely place for a walk or a picnic. Often appears in the Crimsons and many college people have enjoyed it and helped preserve it.

References and Further Information


Ashley, Robert and George Miller. Ripon College: A History, Ripon College Press, c. 1990. 304 pages.
“Fact Sheet: Ripon College Buildings,” compiled by Public Relations Office, Ripon Office, November 11, 1970. 13 pages.
Pedrick, Samuel M. and George H. Miller. A History of Ripon, Wisconsin. Ripon Historical Society, 1964. 395 pages.
Tomkies, D.M. “The Ripon Campus Since 1851.” Compiled and distributed by the members of the Lambda [sic] Zeta Chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega, National Service Fraternity at Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, under the direction of D.M. Tomkies, in collaboration with the Ripon College Publicity Department and interested parties. n.d. [circa 1977] 13 pages.

Additional Sources

Buildings and Grounds files, in Ripon College Archives, Room 405
Buildings Notebook, Archives Room 412. (References to buildings as found in catalogs, etc.)
Ripon College catalogs.
Ripon College Office of College Relations press releases, as noted.
College Days as noted.

For Further Research or Photographs

Ripon College Archives: 4th Floor, Library, Room 412, and locked storeroom 405.
Photo Collection: (Room 405) Black and white photos of campus buildings, past and present. Oversize photos are stored separately.
Postcard Collection: (Archives, Room 412, and Museum) Postcards from throughout the history of the campus.
Slide Collection: (Room 405, Range 3) A mostly unsorted collection of slides. A good source of color photographs from 1960s and 70s.
Crimsons: (Room 412, Room 405, and Museum) Student yearbooks. Contain photos and descriptions of living groups in buildings each year.
College Days: (Room 405, Range 6) Indexed through 1964. Contain photos, activities, construction and dedication announcements, summary histories and other items about campus buildings.
College Relations releases: (Room 412) Press releases about the College, often containing summary histories of buildings or stories on funding or dedications.
Catalogs: (Room 412) Brief descriptions, lists and histories of buildings and of departmental facilities each year.
Scrapbooks: (Room 405) Candid photos from the early years, (mostly early 1900’s) and mementos of social events. Some are specific to buildings such as West Hall.