Saint Ambrose University - Ambrose Hall Restoration

Davenport, IA

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Architecture Overview:

Dating back to 1885, Ambrose Hall has been the central focus of the campus since the college was founded. Originally housing all academic functions, including classrooms, chapel, gymnasium, and dormitories, it was last restored in 1977 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places. RDG compiledthe building's existing conditions and history in the form of a Historic Structure Report. Upon completion of the report, the restoration began.Thisincluded removal of 1950s era remodeling of the distinctive mansard slate roofs and replicatingthese roofs based on slates discovered on site and historic photographs. Damage to the windows was determined to be extensive, so new windows replicating the original design and detailswere installed. The central clock tower was also restored, with new slate roofing, window details and a clock. Massivedamage was discovered on many sections of the original brickwork as well as at the original sandstone foundation walls, andwas repaired with matching materials. The original 1885 cornerstone, which had nearly eroded away, was also replicated.

  • CLIENT: Saint Ambrose University
  • COMPLETE: August 2014
  • AWARDS:
    • Preservation Iowa - "Preservation at It's Best" Excellence in Hisoric Preservation - 2015
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    College & University, Restoration