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Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center

The Rosenfield Center is the central gathering place at Grinnell. In addition to space for a range of campus offices, it contains the central dining room and kitchens of the College, the Spencer Grill, the Crady Mail Room, recreational areas and lounges, a multipurpose room, smaller meeting rooms, classrooms, and a gallery. The Rosenfield Center is named after longtime Grinnell College trustee and benefactor Joe Rosenfield ’25.

Parking near the building includes some accessible parking to the east, limited spaces in a small lot across 8th Avenue, and a large lot off 10th Avenue to the north.  

French House

French House is a student-run housing co-operative in which French majors and others interested in French live together with the French Assistant in a French-speaking environment. The house receives the television station TV5 and Radio France Internationale, which provide programs and news from France and other countries. The students in French House organize campus-wide events and activities, such as a French film series and  food-tasting evenings. They also host informal receptions for scholars and other guests.

Eco House

This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present their proposal to the Residence Life Committee for consideration. 1130 East Street has been awarded to Eco House, a group working towards sustainable living and environmentalism. To learn more about the project house process, visit the Residence Life Project Houses page.

Food House

This college-owned house is one of the three available project houses on campus. A project house consists of students with a common interest and a desire to promote that interest to the campus community. Groups interested in a house must submit a project proposal and present their proposal to the Residence Life Committee for consideration. 1128 East has been awarded to Food House, a group working to unite Grinnellians through food. To learn more about the project house process, visit the Residence Life Project Houses page.

Spanish House

1316 Park Street is a College-owned house. More commonly known as Spanish House, 1315 Park is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak, another language with an environment that is conducive to learning the language, culture, and customs of the country or countries of the language. To learn more about the language house program, visit the Residence Life Language Houses page.

Each spring interested students will be able to sign up to live in Spanish House. The Spanish Assistant will always live in Spanish House and often other native speakers do so as well. Students who have been abroad or are planning to study off-campus have often taken advantage of this opportunity.

Preference to live in the house will be given to students who:

  • are Spanish majors
  • will be taking Spanish classes when living in the house
  • will be studying abroad, in a Hispanic country, after living in the house
  • are coming back from off-campus study in a Hispanic country
  • are native speakers
  • participate regularly in the activities offered by the Spanish Department and Spanish House

Chinese House

This college-owned house is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak, another language with an environment that is conducive to learning the language, culture, and customs of the country or countries of the language.

German House

More commonly known as German House, this college owned house is one of Grinnell’s five language houses. These houses are associated with their corresponding academic department. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak, another language with an environment that is conducive to learning the language, culture, and customs of the country or countries of the language. To learn more about the language house program, visit the Residence Life Language Houses page.

Russian House

1217 Park Street is a College-owned house and is our Russian House. The purpose of the language house program is to provide students who speak, or are learning to speak, another language with an environment that is conducive to learning the language, culture, and customs of the country or countries of the language. To learn more about the language house program, visit the Residence Life Language Houses page.

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts

Parking and Access

Bucksbaum Center for the Arts is located at the corner of Park Street and 6th Avenue. On-street parking is available on the east side of Park Street between 5th and 8th Avenues and in visitor spots around campus. Accessible parking is available in the cul-de-sac off 6th Avenue. See Maps and Directions for more information.

Recital Hall and Rehearsal Rooms

Sebring-Lewis Hall in the Bucksbaum Center has elevated Grinnell's musical performance tradition by providing an intimate, accessible, and acoustically responsive space. Well suited for student and faculty recitals and concerts, the recital hall preserves and enhances the College's level of musical excellence. Student performers test their skills here, and students in the audience discover new musical interests as they are exhilarated by listening to live music.

Key Features

  • Square feet of recital hall: 4,050
  • Seating capacity of recital hall: 348
  • Type of stage floor: tongue-in-groove, cherry
  • Portable seated risers
  • Two Green Rooms
  • Sound-isolated control room
  • Separate rehearsal spaces for large ensembles, early music, and non-Western instruments
  • Square feet of early music hall: 1,125
  • Square feet of ethno music hall: 940
  • Square feet of large ensemble rehearsal room: 1,940

Gallery

The Faulconer Gallery is an inspiring aesthetic experience. It also offers a valuable learning and teaching experience for students, faculty, and the campus community.

Key Features

  • Square feet of gallery space: 7,420
  • Climate control system
  • Flexible and functional exhibition space for diverse artistic genres
  • Special reception desk, which reflects the shape of the building
  • Five lighting zones, ranging from natural to five-foot candles
  • Square feet of storage space: 1,870
  • Square feet of workshop space: 725
  • Square feet of packing and preparation area: 1,200

Theatres and Dance Studio

The theatre component of the Bucksbaum Center allows for innovation and the means to enhance Grinnell's theatre tradition. The Flanagan Studio Theatre provides students and faculty with space for experimentation and refinement. Built to be flexible, the studio theatre allows for multiple seating arrangements and lighting possibilities.

Key Features

  • Square feet of studio theatre: 2,000
  • Seating capacity of studio theatre: variable, 120 maximum
  • Square feet of scene shop: 3,200 with paint area
  • Square feet of dance studio: 1,170
  • Dedicated dust collection system in scene shop
  • Number of major power tools: 10 including table saw, radial arm saw, drill press
  • Ceiling height in scene shop: 20 feet
  • Sprung floor in Roberts Theatre, properly constructed for dance
  • Separate welding room
  • Circuiting systems for lighting
  • House light system
  • Upgraded lighting and sound systems
  • Costume shop with separate dye, wash, and spray rooms
  • Sound/recording studio
  • One Green Room
  • Dressing and make-up rooms

Art Studios

A ceramics studio, a sculpture studio, a printmaking studio, a painting studio, and several multipurpose studios optimize faculty and student interaction. Students are no longer turned away from studio art courses because of a lack of space. In addition, art studios for visiting artists attract speakers and artists from around the nation, giving students exposure to a variety of artistic styles and techniques.

Key Features

  • Number of art studios: 11
  • Square feet of faculty art studios: 500
  • Square feet of sculpture studio: 2,200
  • Square feet of ceramics studio: 2,200
  • Square feet of multipurpose studio: 1,750
  • Square feet of printmaking studio: 2,400
  • Square feet of painting studio: 1,930
  • Square feet of drawing studio: 1,760
  • Track lighting in all studios
  • Special air handling and exhaust systems
  • Separate welding room
  • Separate kiln room
  • Art computer room

Music Practice, Classroom, and Lab Spaces

The Bucksbaum Center offers an environment that accommodates students and fulfills educational needs. Students have access to technologies that aid teaching and learning, including an electronic music laboratory, a multimedia arts laboratory, and a CD-ROM library of audio and visual materials.

Key Features

  • Total number of music practice rooms: 15
  • Square feet for practice rooms: varies from 50 to 250
  • Largest practice room: percussion
  • Special rooms for percussion, harp, and two-piano practice
  • Square feet of electronic music studio: 500
  • Thirteen-station music keyboard and computer lab
  • Multimedia production laboratory
  • Floor, ceiling, and wall treatments for sound isolation
  • Special software and hardware for music notation, ear training, and group keyboard instruction
  • Audio-, video-, and computer-equipped classrooms and seminar rooms
  • Climate control system for instrument storage

Charles Benson Bear '39 Recreation and Athletic Center

The Charles Benson Bear ’39 Recreation and Athletic Center houses:

  • The 1,250 seat Darby Gymnasium, home of the Pioneer men’s and women’s basketball teams and volleyball team;
  • A 500-seat natatorium with a 50-meter pool and movable bulkheads; and
  • A six-lane 200-meter fieldhouse with seating for 400.
  • An 8,000 square foot fitness center with cardiovascular and strength equipment;
  • An auxillary practice gymnasium

In addition, the center houses the physical education and athletics staff and faculty, as well as classroom and practice space, climbing and bouldering walls, racquetball courts, locker rooms, equipment room, and a concession lounge with wireless Internet access and seating area.

The center is located north of 10th Avenue between Park and East Street. Visitor parking is available in the lots to the south and east of the fitness center. Accessible parking is located in the lots to the south of the fitness center and to the west of the natatorium. See Maps and Directions for more information.