Crouse College, Syracuse University

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Crouse College, Syracuse University
Crouse College, also known as Crouse Memorial College and historically as John Crouse Memorial College for Women, is a building on the Syracuse University campus. It was funded by John R. Crouse, an "enormously wealthy Syracuse banker". The architect, Archimedes Russell, was charged with coming up with a spectacular building, and used the Romanesque revival" Richardsonian Romanesque style. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

According to a database of the National Register it was built in 1881. According to a description of the building available from a building history webpage of Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts, the building was built during 1888-1889. The architect, Archimedes Russell, went hugely over any original budget. The building was intended for use as a women's college, but John Crouse died during its construction and his son opened the college for use by both men and women.

Setnor Auditorium
An auditorium seating about 700 people was included, although intended at first as a chapel. There is a pipe organ in the auditorium which is one of America's most important historic instruments. It represents a style of American organ building that flourished in the mid-20th century and is closely associated with builder Walter Holtkamp. It is widely considered to be his magnum opus.

Bell Tower
The bell tower of the building housed the first "tower chimes" installed in Syracuse, which is still in use today.

Recent Usage
Today, Crouse College houses Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts. Chiefly, its classrooms and auditorium are at the service of the Setnor School of Music. Despite the extensive exterior renovations, the interior of Crouse College is in marked disrepair, particularly the classrooms and hallways. Much of the carpeting is new, and some of the original wooden floors have been refinished.

Building Activity

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