Doane College Historic Buildings

Doane College Historic Buildings

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The Doane College Historic Buildings are located on the Doane College campus at 1014 Boswell Avenue in Crete, Nebraska. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district, there are three buildings included: Gaylord Hall, Whitcomb Conservatory/Lee Memorial Chapel, and Boswell Observatory.

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Gaylord Hall was built in 1884 as a women's dormitory. Boswell Observatory is a small structure built in 1883-84 to house Doane College's program in astronomy and meteorology. The Whitcomb Lee Conservatory was completed in 1907. Nebraska State Historical Society. Retrieved 11/7/07.

The Whitcomb Lee Conservatory, also known as The Con, is a two-story building designed by the Chicago architectural firm of Dean and Dean in 1905. It was completed in 1907, and originally housed Lee Memorial Chapel and the music department. It is a five-sided brick building that. In 2005 the building was renovated, and currently provides facilities for the College's theatre and forensics departments. The conservatory was winner of the 2005 AIA Nebraska Design Award for its restoration.

Gaylord Hall was the third building constructed on the Doane College campus and was completed in 1884. Built in a late Victorian residential style, the hall was originally a residence hall for female students called Ladies Hall. It was renamed after Reverend Reuben Gaylord, a pioneer home missionary and Christian educator in...
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