A preservation plan for Dwenger Hall, Saint Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana

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Bugajski, Brian M.
Spodek, Jonathan C.
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Department of Architecture
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This creative project creates a preservation plan for Dwenger Hall, located on the campus of Saint Joseph's College of Rensselaer, Indiana. The building was designed by the college's first president and constructed by students of the college in 1907-08. Vacant since 1998, the building is an excellent example of decorative concrete block construction. Because of its architectural and historical significance, the building merits the attention to develop an appropriate preservation plan.The plan contains a physical and social history of the building placing it in the historic context of Saint Joseph's College. The history includes early activities of the college with specifics on the construction and use of Dwenger Hall. The plan also includes a physical description of the building in its current state. The final sections of the plan describe the existing conditions, and prioritize recommendations for the preservation of the building.The recommendations for preservation are designed to preserve the building in three stages; immediate work, mothballing, and minimal general reuse requirements. The Plan's goal is to emphasize the value of this architectural and historical landmark by defining what makes it significant and how to preserve it for future generations.