The Towers (Ohio State)
|Justin S. Morrill Tower & Abraham Lincoln Tower|
Lincoln (front) & Morrill (back) Towers
1800 Cannon Drive Columbus, Ohio 43210
Morrill Tower1900 Cannon Drive Columbus, Ohio 43210
|Country||United States of America|
Center for the Study of Student Life
First Year Experience
Student Advocacy Center
Student Health Insurance
Student Life Budget and Planning
Student Life Facility Management and Logistics
Student Life Fiscal Support Services
Student Life Human ResourcesUniversity Residences & Dining Services
|Construction started||29 March 1965|
|Completed||8 August 1967|
|Inaugurated||11 November 1965|
|Cost||$16,973,663 US Dollar|
|Client||The Ohio State University|
|Owner||The Ohio State University|
Abraham Lincoln Tower & Justin S. Morrill Tower, also known as The Towers, Morrill Tower or Lincoln Tower are two of the undergraduate residential houses at The Ohio State University. The Towers are located on the west campus of The Ohio State University across from the Drake Union off the east banks of the Olentangy River. Morrill Tower is to the right of Ohio Stadium on Cannon Drive. The towers are in close proximity of OSU's RPAC and the Wexner Medical Center.
The Towers were dedicated on November 11, 1965 with the groundbreaking ceremony had been held in March 1965. The building were not completed until August 1967, but the first ten stories were completed and opened to students for Autumn Quarter of 1966.
Justin S. Morrill Tower was named for Justin S. Morrill. Morrill was a U.S. Representative (and later Senator) from Vermont. Morrill introduced legislation, which would have had states sell public land in order to provide an endowment for a state university, which failed. Morrill reintroduced the bill to Congress in 1861, and this time it passed and was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln on July 2, 1862. The Land Grant—or Morrill—Act, as the legislation came to be known, provided the means to establish The Ohio State University, and defined its mission. The Morrill Act stated that the proceeds from the sale of state lands was to go into an endowment fund that would enable designated colleges and universities to offer tuition more cheaply because of the federal support. It also stipulated that the designated colleges and universities teach both scientific and classical studies, as well as military training. (The bill was signed in the midst of the Civil War, and few men recruited had any grasp of military strategy or tactics.) It also stipulated that these universities and colleges provide mechanical and agricultural instruction.
Morrill Tower is currently used for:
- University Residences & Dining Services
Floor 2 is used as a dining hall and campus store
Floor 3 is used as a lobby and headquarters of University Residences services
Floors 4-23 are used for dormitory purposes
In 1978, serial killer and sex offender Jeffrey Dahmer enrolled at Ohio State and resided in Morrill Tower, Dahmer resided in Morrill Tower for only one quarter and never officially declared a major before flunking out of The Ohio State University.
In August 1998, a fire broke out in suite 550 of the tower, resulting in room 553 being completely destroyed.
Abraham Lincoln Tower was named for the nation’s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln because he signed the Morrill Act into law in 1862, which established the system of land-grant institutions in the U.S. and thus made the founding of this University possible. Originally constructed as a dormitory, the lower 14 floors were converted in 1975 into office space, while the top nine floors remained student housing.
Lincoln Tower is currently used for:
- Center for the Study of Student Life
- First Year Experience
- Student Advocacy Center
- Student Health Insurance
- Student Life Budget and Planning
- Student Life Facility Management and Logistics
- Student Life Fiscal Support Services
- Student Life Human Resources
- University Residences & Dining Services
Floors 1-14 of the tower are used for office spaces
Floors 15-23 of the tower are used for dormitory purposes
The rooms in both Lincoln and Morrill are set up very different from other dormitories on campus. Each floor consists of 5 suites, 1 laundry room, 1 residential adviser room, 3 supplies closets. Within each of the suites is a common room, bathroom (that includes three-four sinks, two showers and three restroom stalls), 4 rooms (each of which includes a study connected to a bedroom). Each suite usually have 10-12 students in each; rooms are quads, triples or doubles (with the exception of the suite directly next to the RA room, which has a single room in it).
The elevators in each of the dorms are divided based on a low rise and high rise system. The low rise elevators goes to floors 1, 3-14 and the high rise elevators goes to floors 1,3, 15-23. Only authorized officials can access floor 2 using the elevators. Each side of the building have 3 elevators.
The dorms are co-ed by suite.
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