Ripon College Historic District

Jct. of Seward and Elm Sts., Ripon, Wisconsin

Campus of Ripon College, Alma Mater of Spencer Tracy and Harrison Ford


Student Union

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2015




Ripon College is a private, liberal arts college that was established in 1851. The eastern edge of the campus borders the western edge of the downtown area of Ripon, a city of about 7,200. The enrollment is about 1,000 students that mostly live on campus. The campus is about 250 acres with 25 buildings. Three of the original buildings on campus are still in use, and are part of this historic district.

Ripon College is the Alma Mater of Spencer Tracy, Harrison Ford and a very successful entrepreneur and sculptor from Waupun, Clarence Shaler. Ripon has had three Rhodes Scholars:
* Latimer Johns, 1911
* Thomas Reinecke, 1968
* Zachary S. Morris, 2002.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 2, 1995
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian: Italianate; Mid 19th Century Revival: Exotic Revival
Areas of significance
Education; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction; A - Event
Property type
Historic functions
Religious structure; College; Single dwelling
Current functions
Religious structure; College; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant years
1851; 1863; 1931
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 13
Contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • April 18, 2015: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Added Description and Added Photos