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CSU Buildings and Grounds History

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

Ellis Hall, 1957-2005

A black and white photograph of the front of a two-story building with a stone facade below and windows on the second floor.

Ellis Hall, 1958

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.

Constructed at the same time as Aylesworth, Ellis Hall was built directly west of Newsom Hall as a men’s residence, but later housed female students. It was named to honor Dr. Alston Ellis, President of the Colorado Agricultural College from 1892 to 1899. During the 1969-1970 academic year it was converted from an all-female freshman to an all-male residence hall. It was rumored that Ellis Cafeteria served the best food on campus. During the 1970s, part of the building was reserved for students studying veteri­nary medicine, who would pick up sack lunches at breakfast each morning before heading to classes and clinical work at the Glover Veterinary Hospital. In 1992, rooms on the first floor were renumbered and a new water heating system and new water pipes were installed.

During the summer of 1998, the Ellis Dining Center was remodeled into a bakery and coffee shop. That fall, the dormitory was converted entirely to sin­gle-occupancy rooms, and residents were allowed to remain there during Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks. Ellis Hall was demolished in May 2005, to make way for the new Academic Village and Aspen Hall.

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