Beardshear Hall

Beardshear Hall

Beardshear Hall Sesquicentennial Celebration
General information
Location Ames, Iowa
Current tenants Iowa State University Administration
Completed 1906
Owner Iowa State University
Technical details
Floor area 104,209

Beardshear Hall is an administration building at Iowa State University located on Morrill Road. The building was constructed in 1906 and was built completely out of stone and brick. Today, Beardshear Hall holds the following offices:


When a fire destroyed the "Old Main" building in 1902, it was determined that a new administration building was needed and the location of Old Main was the best location. As a result of the fire to Old Main, fireproofing the new building was a high priority. Fireproof buff Bedford stones were used extensively in the construction of the new Central Building. Massive scagliola columns were used in the interior, columns so like marble that even experts were deceived. The building materials were so fireproof that only the hardwood furniture was capable of burning.[1]

The Central Building originally housed the Office of the President, the Departments of English, Mathematics, Botany, History, Modern Languages, and Elocution, the Office of the Secretary and Treasurer, and the Office of the Board of Trustees. In 1938 the building was renamed Beardshear Hall, after William Beardshear, the president of the institution during the planning and construction stages of Central Building. By the mid 1970s all classes in Beardshear Hall had been relocated to other buildings on campus, leaving the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, and the Office of the Vice President for Business as the most prominent offices in the building. Other offices directly impacting student life still located in Beardshear Hall include the Office of Student Financial Aid and the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.


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