Cornell College-Mount Vernon Historic District

Roughly bounded by RR tracks, College Blvd., N. 10th, N. 8th, and S. 3rd Aves., N. 2nd and S. 4th Sts., Mount Vernon, Iowa


Bowman-Carter Hall

History: Built in 1865. Bowman-Carter Hall is and has traditionally been a residence hall for women. It was named originally in honor of Cornell's founder, George Bowman, who had raised part of the cost of the new building. In 1989, as a result of a generous gift from Archie Carter and his wife, Marie, extensive renovations were begun, including the erection of the south and west stair towers, completed in 1990. In 1934, the fan-shaped sun parlor on the east side was replaced by a rectangular sun parlor, which in 1936 was extended southward to enlarge the dining hall to accommodate men from the newly opened Merner dormitory. The Second World War brought the Naval Flight Preparatory School to Cornell's campus and men into Bowman's hitherto sacrosanct rooms (January 1943 - October 1944).

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National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 18, 1980
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival; Victorian
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
College; Religious structure; Single dwelling; Educational related housing
Current functions
Religious structure; Single dwelling; College; Educational related housing
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
ca. 1850; 1885; 1900
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 75
Contributing structures: 1
Contributing objects: 2
Non-contributing buildings: 38
Non-contributing structures: 2


19th Century (37,744)
Brick (42,462)
Built during 1850s (4,691)
District (10,502)
Exotic Revival (7,381)
Iowa (2,522)
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival (16,279)
Limestone (8,192)
Linn County, Iowa (115)
Mid 19th Century Revival (7,958)
Mount Vernon, Iowa (6)
Stone (26,160)
Victorian (19,698)

Update Log 

  • May 12, 2013: New photos from Dave King