Baldwin-Wallace College North Campus Historic District

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Baldwin-Wallace College North Campus Historic District
Wheeler Hall Baldwin Wallace University.jpg
Wheeler Hall one of several buildings in the restrict
Location Berea, Ohio
Nearest city Berea, Ohio
Area Baldwin Wallace University
NRHP reference # 12001210[1]

Baldwin-Wallace College North Campus Historic District is an area of land on the north end of the Baldwin Wallace University campus. BW is a four-year private, coeducation, liberal arts college in Berea, Ohio, United States. The school was founded in 1845 as Baldwin Institute by Methodists settlers. Eventually the school merged with nearby German Wallace College in 1913 to become Baldwin-Wallace College, which changed its name to "Baldwin Wallace University" in 2012.[2] Several buildings since its founding have been established on the National Register of Historic Places, establishing this area as the Baldwin-Wallace College North Campus Historic District. This area is the second historic district added to the campus which includes the BW's South Campus Historic district[3][4]

The district[edit]

The Baldwin-Wallace College North Campus Historic District is bounded by East Fifth Avenue on the north; Beech Street, east; East Bagley Road, south and Front Street, west.[4] The Baldwin-Wallace College North Campus Historic District includes a total of 14 buildings and one structure.[4]

The district features a variety of collegiate, religious, and residential buildings in a campus setting, mostly constructed of Berea sandstone and brick between 1866 and 1958, and representative of architectural styles from the late 19th and early 20th century including Richardsonian Romanesque, High Victorian Gothic, Georgian Colonial, Tudor Revival and mid-century Modern[4]

Building List[edit]

Image Building Address Completed Last Major Renovation Current usage Ref
Baldwin Library Malicky Center Baldwin Wallace University.JPG Philura Gould Baldwin Memorial Library
(Malicky Center for Social Sciences)
33 E. Bagley Road. 1894 2001 Academic [4][5]
Carnegie Hall Malicky Center Baldwin Wallace University.JPG Carnegie Science Hall
(Malicky Center for Social Sciences)
33 E. Bagley Rd. 1882 2001 Academic [4][5]
Wheeler Hall Baldwin Wallace University.jpg Wheeler Hall
(Recitation Hall)
300 Front St. 1891 1990's Academic [4][5]
Wilker Tefler Hall Baldwin Wallace University.JPG Wilker Hall 320 Front St. 1960's 2011 Academic [4][5]
Wilker Tefler Hall Baldwin Wallace University.JPG Telfer Hall (LES) 336 Front St. 1960 2011 Academic
Ward Hall Baldwin Wallace University.JPG Ward Hall 36 E. Fifth Ave. 1940's Academic [4][5]
Burrell Observatory 2 Baldwin Wallace University.JPG Burrell Memorial Observatory 42 E. Fifth Ave. 1940 Observatory [4][5]
Presidents House Baldwin Wallace University.JPG Alumni House/President’s House 329 Beech St. 1935 1986, 2008 Residential [4][5]
Safety and Security – Tudor House 296 Beech St. Office [4][5]
North Hall 309 Beech St. 1960 Residence Hall [4][5]
Findley Hall 265 Beech St. 1957 2000 Residence Hall [4][5]
Lang Hall BWC.JPG Lang Hall 253 Beech St. 1928 Residence Hall [4][5]
Ritter Library Baldwin Wallace University.JPG Ritter Library 57 E. Bagley Rd. 1957 2009 Library [4][5]


Academic & administrative spaces[edit]

  • Philura Gould Baldwin Memorial Library: The building was built in dedication by John Baldwin in memory of his daughter. Philura started the first collection of the university's library in Hulet hall. Today the building is part of the Malicy Center.[5]
  • Carnegie Science Hall: The building was originally called "Ladies Hall" moved using a grant from Andrew Carnegie under the stipulation the building would be used for science purposes. The building was used as a science building until the Life and Earth Sciences Building (now Tefler Hall) was built in 1960. The building was moved brick-by-brick to the corner of Front and Bagley.[5]
  • Wheeler Hall: Originally named Recitation Hall the ground-breaking ceremony was led by Mary Baldwin, John's daughter. The building holds the Education department. The building was originally named Recitation Hall.[5]
  • Wilker Hall: Wilker was on the Board of Trustees for 35 years and was married to Mabel McKelvey. Victor Wilker was an 1906 graduate. McKelvey Auditorium is located in between Wilker and Tefler Hall.[5]
  • Telfer Hall: Telfer Hall was built in 1960 and was named after Art and Helen Telfer (1931 Alumni). Telfer is now part of the Thomas Family Center for Innovation and Growth. The building was formally called the Life and Earth Science Building.[5]
  • Ward Hall: Ward Hall was built in the 1940s after Katherine Ward Burrell, wife of Edward P. Burrell.[5]
  • Burrell Observatory: Built in 1940, the campus observatory is named after Edward P. Burrell. Ward dedicated Burrell observatory after her husband Edward P. Burrell after his death.[5]
  • Safety and Security – Tudor House: Today the building is uses for the offices of the University's Safety and Security department.[5]
  • Ritter Library: was built in 1960 and is named after BW graduate George Ritter (1906). The space is home to the University's Library.[5]

Residence halls & homes[edit]

  • Alumni House/President’s House: Built in 1935 the building has housed several presidents of the school. In addition, for a period of time the building served as the Alumni House (offices) when the presidents lived off campus.[5]
  • North Hall: named "North Hall" for being the farthest north residence hall on the campus.In 1846, the first building, North Hall, also known as "Old Muley", was built. Old Muley is in no relation to the present-day North Hall on the Baldwin Wallace Campus.[5]
  • Findley Hall: Built in 1957 the rec room was originally made to be a dining hall.[5] The building also housed the Cleveland Browns Players during summer training.
  • Lang Hall: Named after Emma Lang, the building was built in 1928. The building is rumored to be haunted.[5]


  1. ^ "NRHP llistings". 2/1/13 listing. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Berger DuMound,, Joanne (11 February 2012). "Berea's Baldwin-Wallace will become Baldwin Wallace University". Retrieved 11 February 2012. 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Berger DuMound, Joanne (2012-10-26). "Baldwin Wallace University requests buildings for national historic registry". Retrieved 22 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y Assad, Mary (2008). Baldwin-Wallace College. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 7–14. ISBN 0-7385-5180-5.