Gale College Historic District

500 S. 12th Street, Galesville, Wisconsin

Three buildings of the closed college now serving as offices and residential apartment buildings


Old Main

This building housed the university before the dormitories were built.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning September 2017




"The buildings in the Gale College Historic District are the structures associated with both the early Galesville University (Main Hall) and the later Gale College (Men's Dormitory, Ladies Hall). They reflect the two important periods in Galesville*s educational history. The first is the frontier college-founding era of George Gale; the second is the turn-of-the-century period when an increasingly populous ethnic group, the Norwegians, established a school of higher education to help perpetuate their cultural and educational goals.

"The Gale College Historic District is also significant for its association with a locally significant person—George Gale. Main Hall is the only remaining remnant of Gale's importance to Galesville and the founding of the original school. And, the George Gale gravesite is a contributing landscape feature in the district."

Quotation from the Nomination Form, National Register of Historic Places, submitted January, 1997.

Added to the NRHP February 14, 1997.

National Register information 

Reference number
Architectural style
Victorian: Italianate
Areas of significance
Education; Ethnic Heritage - European
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1925-1949
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 1

Update Log 

  • November 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added and uploaded photos