Architect: MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni
Total Project Cost: $18 million
Bogner Construction has a long history with Kauke Hall, as we were the original subcontractor who laid the foundation in 1901. More recently, Bogner was contracted to perform a full historical renovation of this incredible piece of craftsmanship, that was completed in 2006.
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Rising from the crest of a hill on the campus of the liberal arts College of Wooster stand the iconic white turrets and central tower of Kauke Hall. Constructed on the site of Old Main, the school’s original academic building destroyed by fire in 1901, Kauke Hall was completed in 1903. Named for a founder and original trustee of the university, Kauke Hall’s architectural design was modeled on St. John’s College of Cambridge University and other English universities.
Constructed with three stories and a central tower in collegiate gothic architectural style, it originally housed the administration and other departments in three clusters, assessable by their own outside doorways but not from each other on the interior. By 1961, Kauke Hall needed updating to remedy that situation. Extensive renovations were done to expand classroom and office space, establish central interior corridors throughout the building. The beautiful Delmar Archway was created in the central tower at that time to open up Kauke Hall to expedite the flow of student traffic throughout the campus and to allow those approaching it from the south to view the depth of the campus through the archway.
As the college continued to grow, another renovation was undertaken in 2004 during which the interior was completely gutted with only the exterior walls and internal columns left in place. Then 73,420 square feet of new space was created with 66 faculty and staff offices, 19 classrooms, three seminar rooms (including a unique tower classroom with a balcony and unfettered view into the turret), and three computer classrooms. Original brickwork and woodwork was uncovered and highlighted where possible, with some exposed beams and historic graffiti on display. A coffee bar was constructed in the renovated basement and, in honor of the historic original building on the site, named The Old Main Café. Historic Kauke Hall continues to be a building that will serve the university well into the new millennium.
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