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CSU Buildings and Grounds History

A history of CSU's building and grounds from 1870 to the present.

Palmer Center/Palmer International House/Palmer House Apartments, 1967-

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.

Architects - Edward L. Bunts and Floyd Lamar Kelsey of the Bunts and Kelsey Associates

Builder – Weaver Construction Company

1005 West Laurel Street

Designed by Architects Edward L. Bunts and Floyd Lamar Kelsey of the Bunts and Kelsey Associates architectural firm, this facility was opened for the fall quarter of 1967 as a 12-apartment residence hall for up to 72 women.  It was formally dedicated along with its neighbor, Durward Hall, on August 17, 1969.  It was named to honor Miss Miriam Palmer who came to the College in 1904 and worked for 43 years.  She achieved distinction as an internationally known entomologist, scientific illustrator and researcher.

In the fall of 1975, it became housing for international graduate students.  In 1990, the Department of Housing and Food Service remodeled the building into their office headquarters.  It was renamed “Palmer Center” at that time.  The administrative offices of the Department of Housing and Dining Services still occupy this building and oversee the growing inventory of living units on the campus.

In the summer of 2017, the Towers Complex Thermal Plant was built just southwest of the Palmer Center.  Located at 1007 West Laurel Street, this small building housed the control equipment for heating buildings on the northwest corner of the Main Campus.

Sources by Gordon A. Hazard

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The Colorado Aggie Alumnus, March – April 1955, pages 6-7, vol. 31, number 5.

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, June 18, 1965, page 380.

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, September 23, 1965, page 453.

Colorado State University Collegian, October 1, 1965, page 1, col. 1-2, vol. LXXIV, number 13.

Colorado State University Collegian, October 6, 1965, pages 1 and 8, vol. LXXIV, number 16.

The CSU Alumnus, November – December 1965, page 3, vol. 41, number 5.

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, December 9, 1965, page 482.

Colorado State University Collegian, January 10, 1966, page 1, vol. LXXIV, number 61.

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, April 1, 1966, page 9.

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, April 2, 1966, pages 15 and 16.

Colorado State University Collegian, April 4, 1966, page 1, vol. LXXIV, number 109.

State Board of Agriculture Minutes, April 29, 1966, page 19.

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State Board of Agriculture Minutes, May 11, 1966, pages 41-43.

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Rocky Mountain Collegian, September 15, 1983, page 8A, vol. XCII, number 32.

Rocky Mountain Collegian, March 20, 1995, page 1, vol. 103, issue 129.

“Visionary Leadership, the Memoirs of William E. Morgan”, page 96, by Connie Pheiffenberger, 2005.

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