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Carleton’s Science Buildings: Past and Present

Campus map highlighting science facilities – Carleton College

WILLIAMS HALL

Built: 1880

Williams Hall was the first ever science building constructed at Carleton, it housed not only the science departments but also the library.

GOODSELL OBSERVATORY

Goodsell Observatory – 1907

Built: 1887 | Architect: J. Walter Stevens, St. Paul, MN

This historic building still stands today, and is currently home to three historic telescopes, multiple astronomy classrooms, and the American Studies Department.

LAIRD SCIENCE HALL

Built: 1905 | Architect: Bertrand & Chamberlin, Mpls, MN

Carleton’s second science building was built to house the chemistry, physics, and biology departments. Today, it holds the English department.

LEIGHTON HALL OF CHEMISTRY

Built: 1920 | Architect:Patton, Holmes and Flinn, Chicago

A third science building, Leighton Hall, was erected in 1920, directly behind Williams Hall, to house the chemistry, geology, and geography departments. It currently houses Africana, European, and Medieval and Renaissance studies, History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology and Anthropology.

OLIN HALL OF SCIENCE

Built: 1961 | Architect: Minoru Yamasaki, Birmingham, MI

Olin Hall was used for the Biology and Physics department and today, it houses Cognitive Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Psychology.

MUDD HALL OF SCIENCE

Built: 1975 | Architect: Sovik, Mathre, Sathrum, Quanbeck, Northfield, MN

Torn down in 2017 to make way for the new integrated science facility, Mudd Hall was home to Carleton’s geology department for 42 years.

HULINGS HALL

Built: 1995 | Architect:The Stubbins Associates, Inc., MA

Hulings Hall used to be named Biological Science building and later changed. Today, Hulings is home to the Biology and Neuroscience department.

INTEGRATED SCIENCE FACILITY

A rendering of the to-be-completed Integrated Science facility, as it rests between Hulings Hall and the Old Music Hall

Scheduled for completion during the 2019-2020 school year, this building will house chemistry, geology, physics, psychology, cognitive science, and computer science.