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University Archives: Adelbert Main Building

 
Location: northwest side of Adelbert Road Description: 4-story building of buff sandstone of 47,109 net square feet

This property continued in use after 1949. Post-1949 research is not yet completed.


Other Names
Main Building
Adelbert College
Adelbert Main Building
Adelbert College Administration Building
College Building
   

 


Constructed 7/1881-1883    
Architect 1881: Joseph Ireland    

 


Cost 1881: ca. $136,000 ($177,000-$181,000 for Adelbert Main Building and Pierce Hall)
Financing
1881: Gift of $100,000 plus part of $30,969.79 from Amasa Stone

Occupants
1882-1885 all Adelbert College academic departments and library, WRU President, WRU Secretary-Treasurer
  1886-1888 all Adelbert College academic departments and library, WRU President, WRU Secretary-Treasurer, Case
  1888-1893 all Adelbert College academic departments and library, WRU President, WRU Secretary-Treasurer
  1894-1895 some Adelbert College academic departments and library, WRU President, WRU Secretary-Treasurer
  1896-1918 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Secretary-Treasurer
  1918-1922 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Secretary-Treasurer, School of Applied Social Sciences
  1922-1925 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Secretary-Treasurer
  1925-1934 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Secretary-Treasurer, WRU Dean of University Administration
  1934-1941 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Financial Vice President and Secretary
  1941-1945 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Financial Vice President and Secretary, WRU Educational Vice President
  1945-1946 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Financial Vice President and Secretary, WRU Educational Vice President, School of Architecture
  1947 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Financial Vice President and Secretary, WRU Educational Vice President, School of Architecture, WRU Development Vice President
  1948-1949 some Adelbert College academic departments, WRU President, WRU Financial Vice President and Secretary, WRU Educational Vice President, School of Architecture, WRU Development Vice President, WRU Graduate School Dean
Uses 1882-1949+ Academic and administrative

 


 

Ceremonies
Dedication: 10/26/1882
Trivia
First WRU building in University Circle

 

Alterations and Modifications


Description
1886: Telephone installed
1889: Hand elevator installed
1897: Tower rebuilt
1901: Interior and west entrance remodeled
1910: New boilers, conduits, etc. constructed
1919: Electrical wiring of 2nd, 3rd, 4th floors
1920: Converted chapel on second floor to a lecture hall
1922: Basement renovated and new east entrance built
1927-1928: Unspecified alterations
Architect
1922: Abram Garfield
General Contractor
1910: Page & Corbusier
Cost
1886: ?
1889: ca. $150
1897: $4,430.24
1901: ca. $60,000
1910: $8,586.50 estimated
1919: $2,005 estimated
1920: ?
1922: ca. $10,900
1927-1928: $1,791.50
Financing
1886: ?
1889: ?
1897: Gift of unknown amount from Flora Stone Mather
1901: Gift of unknown amount from Alfred A. Pope
1910: ?
1919: ?
1920: ?
1922: Gift of $10,900 from Samuel Mather
1927-1928: ?
Donors
1897: Flora Stone Mather, friend
1901: Alfred A. Pope, trustee
1922: Samuel Mather, trustee

 

This summary was compiled by staff of the University Archives from sources in the custody of the Archives.

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