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Claude S Larzelere Residence Hall


LarzelereHall.jpgOpened September 1957
Cost: $1.22 million
Capacity: 324

Larzelere Hall was the second residence hall built in what would eventually become a quadrangle on the northwest side of campus. The location of this quad was the site of the Vetville complex that temporarily housed veterans after the Second World War, although by the time construction started on Larzelere, the barracks that had once stood there had been sold and removed. Its architectural plans were closely based on Robinson Hall, next to which it was situated. The interior plans copied those developed for Tate Hall the previous year, which featured a suite-style layout that would heavily influence residence hall design until the construction of the Towers complex in the late 1960s. Larzelere Hall shares a dining commons with Robinson, Calkins, and Trout Halls.

The $1.22 million building was designed by Roger Allen of Grand Rapids, who designed many of the other residence halls built during the period of campus expansion in the 1950s and 1960s. The building was opened for occupancy in September 1957 and officially dedicated on May 18, 1958. It was built as a men's residence, which it remained until 1959. Women lived there from 1959 to 1970, after which it became coed. It was designated the Honors residence hall in 1972.

piclarzelere.jpgThe building was named for the longtime head of the Department of History and Social Sciences. Claude S. Larzelere headed that department from 1900 to 1939. He was born in 1866 in Iowa. He received his Bachelor of Literature from the University of Michigan and did graduate study at the University of Chicago and Oxford University. He received his MA from Harvard in 1900. Before coming to Central, he was the superintendent of schools at Lowell, Michigan and Jefferson, Ohio. In 1912, he received an honorary Master of Pedagogy from the State Normal School at Ypsilanti (Eastern Michigan University). Larzelere specialized in Michigan history and government, topics on which he wrote several books and articles. He traveled extensively, visiting Europe, Egypt, and Palestine. He and his wife Lorena had two sons and a niece who lived with them. He died on January 20, 1946.