Preservations efforts hailed
By Danielle Guyer
The second-oldest building on the Purdue campus has been
recognized by the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation for outstanding
historic preservation and restoration.
and restoration of the David C. Pfendler Hall of Agriculture,
built in 1901 and formerly known as Agricultural Hall and Entomology
Hall, is scheduled for completion by August 2003.
"Pfendler Hall will be the first ever historic
restoration on Purdue's campus, and it's here in the School of
Agriculture. We are very proud of that," says Myron Davis,
Purdue Agriculture development
The fundraising goal for the restoration and renovation
is $2 million for the $14 million project. Donating to the project
provides a unique opportunity for agriculture alumni to commemorate
the accomplishments of David Pfendler, former associate dean of
agriculture, Davis says. An alumnus who was a Purdue counselor
and administrator for 38 years, Pfendler retired in 1974 and died
Pfendler Hall was built in the Beaux-arts Neoclassic
architectural style. One of the most prominent features of the
building is the entrance foyer with a white oak staircase. "The
only other example of this kind of architecture in Tippecanoe County
is the Tippecanoe County Courthouse," says Michael
Hunt, Wabash Valley Trust Historic Plaque Committee chairman.