Bowen Hall was opened in 1902 at a time when there were only three other campus buildings -- the men's dormitory, the ladies' residence hall, and Kalamazoo Hall. It was located on the southeast corner of campus between where Hoben Hall and Hicks Center presently stand. Bowen Hall was named after the chairman of the Board of Trustees, Charles Clark Bowen. The first floor contained lecture and recitation rooms, offices for the President and his secretary, a laboratory room, and wardrobe rooms for men and women. On the second floor, classrooms, the library, and faculty offices were located. The upper floor contained a chapel/assembly room, a kitchen, and rooms for the YMCA and YWCA. The basement housed separate bicycle rooms for men and women as well as laboratories and a boiler room. In 1926, the Praeger Greenhouse was built alongside Bowen Hall. It was named in honor of William E. Praeger, Professor of Biology. Renovations were done in 1956-57 to modernize the building. However, in 1968 Bowen Hall was demolished when Mandelle Hall was converted into the new administrative building.

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  • Bowen Hall and Outbuilding 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 1920s)
    This view of Bowen Hall also shows a small outbuilding. A campus map in the 1931 yearbook shows this outbuilding lying between Bowen Hall and the Music Hall. The purpose of this building is unknown although it may have ...
  • Charles Clark Bowen 

    Unknown author (Kalamazoo College, 190)
    Charles Clark Bowen, longtime chairman of the Board of Trustees and the College's largest benefactor around 1900, is the namesake of Kalamazoo College's Bowen Hall. It was dedicated at Commencement in June 1902, and ...
  • Bowen Hall Computer Center 

    Campbell, Rick (Kalamazoo Gazette, 1964-07-13)
    This photograph shows the Computer Center in the basement of Bowen Hall. Bill Jensen, Director of the Computer Center (1964-69), stands at the left. The computer's hard drive can be seen to the right of the student standing ...
  • Kalamazoo College 1927 - Fall Season 

    Seger, Elbert E. (1927)
    This is a photograph of the lower quad during the 1927 autumn season taken by Elbert E. Seger, Class of 1928. Bowen Hall is located in the center of the photograph, Williams is located in the background of the viewer's ...
  • Bowen Hall Ruins 

    Unknown author (1969)
    Photograph showing Bowen Hall in the process of being demolished. Hicks Center was built in its place.
  • Sidewalk View of Bowen and Welles Hall 

    Morgan, Ward C. (Kalamazoo College, 1933)
    This photograph is a ground-level view of Bowen Hall in the foreground, and Welles Hall in the background. The photo was used in the 1955 Boiling Pot yearbook with an image of a student added in. Ward Morgan neg. no. 6174-2.
  • Williams and Bowen Hall Exterior 

    Unknown author (1923)
    This photograph shows a ground-level view of Williams Hall on the left, and Bowen Hall on the right.
  • Main Floor of Bowen Hall 

    Schiavone Studio (Kalamazoo College, 1956)
    This photograph shows the interior of Bowen Hall. On the viewer's left-hand side is the Civil War memorial plaque (now located in Mandelle Hall) listing the names of Kalamazoo College students killed in the war. Schiavone ...
  • Interior view of Bowen Hall 

    Schiavone Studio (Kalamazoo College, 1957)
    This photograph shows two students in a waiting room of Bowen Hall. In 1957 renovations were made to modernize the building. This waiting room was once the President's outer office. Photograph by Schiavone Studio (Neg. ...
  • Exterior view of Williams and Bowen Halls 

    Unknown author (1916)
    This photograph shows the exteriors of Williams Hall, located on the viewer's left, and Bowen Hall, located on the viewer's right. Various automobiles are also located in the foreground of the photograph. Williams Hall ...
  • Chemistry Lab in Bowen Hall 

    Unknown author (1920s)
    Photograph of students using Bowen Hall's chemistry lab facilities.
  • Reference Room of Bowen Hall 

    Unknown author (pre-1933)
    Photograph of the Bowen Hall reference room.
  • Kalamazoo College "Old" Tennis Courts, 1926 

    Unknown (1926)
    A 1926 view of Kalamazoo College's tennis courts (prior to the construction of the Stowe Stadium courts in the 1940s). In the background at right is Tredway Gymnasium. Through the trees at left are Upper (Williams) Hall ...
  • May Fete Court, 1929 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1929)
    The 1929 May Fete court stands on the steps of Bowen Hall. They are Ruth Hudson (K'27), Polly Larsen McQueen '30, Queen Marian Thompson Grimes '30, Margaret G. Schuschardt '31, and Margaret Fellows '32. Miss Thompson was ...
  • Kalamazoo College 1917 Class Picture 

    Harrington Studio (Kalamazoo College, 1917)
    The Kalamazoo College Class of 1917, spelling out "17" on the hill next to Bowen Hall. Individual students are not identified.
  • Kalamazoo College Williams Hall 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1902)
    Kalamazoo College's Williams Hall (Upper Hall), before the fire of 1916. Bowen Hall, built in 1902, can be seen at the far left. Construction was completed in 1849 on Upper Hall, a four-story men's dormitory. As originally ...
  • Kalamazoo College Bowen Hall Cornerstone 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1901)
    The cornerstone of Bowen Hall, dated 1901, the year construction began. Bowen Hall was dedicated at Commencement in June, 1902, and served as the College's main classroom building for over half a century. It was named for ...
  • Kalamazoo College Faculty, circa 1915-1917 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1915-17)
    Kalamazoo College faculty, photographed on the steps of Bowen Hall sometime between 1915 and 1917. In the front row, from left to right, are Herbert Lee Stetson (College President), Clarke Benedict "Tuffy" Williams (Professor ...
  • Kalamazoo College Bowen Hall 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, )
    Kalamazoo College's Bowen Hall. Bowen Hall was dedicated at Commencement in June, 1902, and served as the College's main classroom building for over half a century. It was named for Charles Clark Bowen, longtime chairman ...
  • Kalamazoo College 1935 May Fete 

    Unknown (Kalamazoo College, 1935-05)
    The 1935 May Fete procession on the Kalamazoo College quadrangle. The May Fete was first held at the College by the women's Eurodelphian Gamma society in 1883, but it did not take off as a tradition until the early 20th ...

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