Gale College Historic District
500 S. 12th Street, Galesville, Wisconsin
Three buildings of the closed college now serving as offices and residential apartment buildings
This building housed the university before the dormitories were built.
Photo taken by J.R. Manning September 2017
+44.07949, -91.3675044°04'46" N, 91°22'03" W
"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
- November 12, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added and uploaded photos