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Ingersoll Hall, 1964-

Three-story building complex with a one-story commons area in the middle. Another building is in the background.

Ingersoll Hall, 1964-

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 – F.R. Orr Construction Company

1000 West Pitkin Street

This residence hall was named for the second president of the Colorado Agricultural College, Charles Lee Ingersoll, who served from 1882 to 1891.  It occupies the site of the first Durrell Rodeo Arena which was rebuilt near the base of the “A” at the foothills.  Built by the F. R. Orr Construction Company, Ingersoll Hall is very similar in design to its neighbor to the east, Edwards Hall.  James M. Hunter designed it to look like existing residence halls but incorporated small features so it could eventually be used as coeducational housing.  This included changes in closets and mirrors as well as an addition of corkboard walls.  In October 1963, it was reported in the Rocky Mountain Collegian that Ingersoll Hall “would look like Parmelee on the outside and Ellis on the inside”.  This meant that this was not to be what the students of that era considered a “Luxury Dorm”.

Each January/February from the late 1960s through the early 1980s, Ingersoll Hall residents hosted a weekend event called “The Playboy Club”.  This was a dance and activity program designed to somewhat mimic the then popular Playboy Clubs that existed in major cities around the world.  They had legal permission from Hugh Hefner’s Playboy Enterprises to use the Playboy Bunny name and logo.  The early 1970s saw controversy over the club’s sexist overtones. The Playboy Club still existed in 1981, but the name had been changed to “The Club”.

In 2006, a small gas metering and control building designed by CSU architect Ken Paul was built on the northwest corner of the Ingersoll lawn.  In the summer of 2010, Ingersoll Hall, like Edwards Hall, received new windows and the green tiles on the sides of the building were replaced with a red brick veneer.  A fire-suppression system was installed.  Architecture Plus, P. C. of Fort Collins designed this project.

The summer of 2011 saw a new landscaping design installed that eliminated the old service drives and provided a sand volleyball court on the north side of the hall.  During the renovation of the Willard O. Eddy Hall during 2014 and spring of 2015, Ingersoll Hall did not have residents, but served as temporary office space for the displaced Eddy Hall faculty and staff.  In 2015, while the students were still gone, a major renovation of Ingersoll’s entrance, lobby, basement, and former dining center was done.  The student residents returned to their newly renovated Ingersoll Hall in the fall of 2015.

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