The Benjamin J. and Mabel T. Ricker House was designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin in 1911 and completed in 1912. It was the first of seven houses the Griffins designed for Iowa clients, six of which were built and the other five of which are in Mason City. Ricker House was purchased by Grinnell College in 2000 and is operated as a short-term residence for guests of the College.
Grinnell College's heating plant provides warmth to more than 60 buildings on campus, including 19 residence halls. Until 2002, this served as both the heating and cooling plant for the College. The cooling function was moved, and the heating expanded to add capacity for the Joe Rosenfield Campus Center and East Campus residence halls.
Main Hall serves as the central building of the South Campus residence halls, at the time of its opening, it included a beautiful drawing room, an inspiring Gothic dining room, and the Little Theatre. Gardner Lounge, in the basement of Main Hall, has hosted performances by Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and more. Main Hall features one kitchen, a handicap-accessible elevator, laundry facilities, and three lounges, one of which contains a piano. The rooms are singles and doubles.
The chapel’s interior exhibits the timber-trussed vaulted ceiling typical of the spacious Perpendicular Gothic style. Also characteristic are the high clerestory windows, which admit more light than is the case in other church styles. Seating about 700 people (630 in the nave and 70 in the balcony), the chapel is in basilica form with a narthex or vestibule on the west, broad nave with a center aisle plus side columns and aisles, and apse at the east end.
Read Hall features three student lounges, two kitchens, and a computer lounge with a printer. Rooms include singles, doubles, triples, and quads.
Constructed of white Iowa limestone, Rose Hall is connected to the other East Campus halls by a roofed loggia. Its large first-floor windows open the lounge onto the expanse of Mac Field. The lounge is the setting for artwork by Sally Kuzma, Crop Rotations, that uses scanned images of kernels of corn to create kaleidoscopic patterns.
The Center for Prairie Studies and the Grinnell College Libraries have collaborated in the installation of two dramatic photographs of prairie plants that have been hung on the first floor of Burling Library, on the east and west brick walls (south side). Created by the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, these photographs portray the plants with their astonishing root systems that help the prairie survive fire, cold, and severe droughts like the one this year. We want to thank Milton Severe of Faulconer Gallery and the Facilities Management staff for their help with this project.
The Sloan Consortium
Newburyport, Ma., United States
August 3, 2012
Dr. Kuiper's creative and engaging games and labs exemplify reform efforts in Statistics Education, and she is highly deserving of a MERLOT Classics Award.