Wallace Hall (Simpson College)

Wallace Hall, formerly known as Science Hall, is a historic building located on the campus of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, United States. The 2½-story, brick structure was designed by Wichita, Kansas architect, and Indianola native, William T. Proudfoot. He would become partner in the prominent Des Moines architectural firm of Proudfoot & Bird. This is the firm's earliest known extant building in Iowa.[2] The Romanesque Revival style is found in the round arched openings, stone trim, decorative brickwork, prominent gables centered at the front and rear elevations, and slender turrets on the corners. The building was completed in 1888. George Washington Carver studied art in the attic classroom while attending Simpson in 1890–1891.[2] A new science hall was completed in 1956, and named for Carver. This building remained vacant for the most part, and suffered a fire a few years later. It was eventually renovated, and on June 4, 1967, it was rededicated and at that time was renamed. It now honors Henry A. Wallace, a geneticist and former Vice President of the United States. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

Science Hall
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Wallace Hall (Simpson College) is located in Iowa
Wallace Hall (Simpson College)
Wallace Hall (Simpson College) is located in the United States
Wallace Hall (Simpson College)
LocationSimpson College campus
Indianola, Iowa
Coordinates41°18′14″N 93°37′02″W / 41.30389°N 93.61722°W / 41.30389; -93.61722Coordinates: 41°18′14″N 93°37′02″W / 41.30389°N 93.61722°W / 41.30389; -93.61722
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectWilliam T. Proudfoot
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
MPSArchitectural Legacy of Proudfoot & Bird in Iowa MPS
NRHP reference No.91000535[1]
Added to NRHPMay 8, 1991


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Barbara Beving Long. "Science Hall". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-06-04. with four photos