Doane College Historic Buildings

Doane College campus, Crete, Nebraska


Doane College Gaylord Hall from W 1

By Ammodramus - Own work, CC0,



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The Boswell Observatory, constructed in 1883-84, was the second building to be built on the Doane College campus in Crete, Nebraska. It is a small building which was built to house Doane's astronomy and weather science programs. The observatory originally consisted of four rooms: the clock room, the transit room, the scope room, and an office that was intended to be used for a second transit. An addition was erected in 1892 to house a classroom and equipment for the Nebraska Weather Service. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS NE-44)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on August 16, 1977
Reference number
Architectural style
American Movement: Prairie School
Areas of significance
Education; Science; Architecture
Levels of significance
National; State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
College; Research facility; Educational related housing
Current functions
College; Educational related housing; Research facility
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant years
1883; 1884; 1905
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 3

Update Log 

  • January 10, 2022: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger
  • January 3, 2022: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • January 3, 2022: New photo from Bill Eichelberger