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Edwards Hall, 1964-

A black and white photograph of a building complex with a one-story commons area and a three-story residence hall. There is a lawn in the foreground and two cars are parked on a drive behind the lawn.

Edwards Hall, 1968

From CSU's Sense of Place:  A Campus History of Colorado's Land-Grant University, by James E. Hansen, Gordon A. Hazard, and Linda M. Meyer.  Fort Collins, CO:  Colorado State University, 2018.

Architect – James M. Hunter and Associates; Architecture Plus, P.C. of Fort Collins

Builder – Hensel Phelps Construction Company of Greeley

900 West Pitkin Street

This residence hall was named to honor Elijah Evan Edwards, the first President of the College from 1879 to 1882.  Built by the Hensel Phelps Construction Company, it was constructed along with, and was very similar in design to its neighbor to the west, Ingersoll Hall.  James M. Hunter designed it to look similar to existing halls but incorporated small features so it could eventually be used as a “coed hall”.  This included changes in closets and mirrors for women students as well as a corkboard wall, like Parmelee Hall, for male students’ “pin-ups”.

In late 1991, the Housing Office had one of the rooms redecorated and refurnished to be used as a “guest room” for campus visitors. At that time, it cost $13 per night to stay in this hotel-style room. 

In the summer of 2010, Edwards Hall received new windows and the original green tiles on the sides of the building were replaced with a red brick veneer.  A fire-suppression system was installed throughout the building to meet current safety codes.  Architecture Plus, P.C. of Fort Collins designed this project.  The summer of 2011 saw a new landscaping design installed around the building.  With the opening of the Rams Horn Dining Center in the Academic Village Commons Building, the original Edwards Dining Center was closed. About this time, the Bakeshop was moved from its longtime home in Centennial Hall to the kitchen of Edwards Hall.  In the winter of 2105-2016, Edwards Hall had its roof resealed.

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