Wartburg College

Architectural Tour of Clinton

Wartburg College

Clinton, Iowa 52732, United States

Created By: Matt Parbs


Wartburg College (Glendale Apartments), 1900 Glendale Road; 1893-1894.Wartburg College, a Lutheran school founded in 1868, developed a major campus in Clinton in 1893. H. W. Seaman of Clinton and the Reverend O. Hartman, pastor of a local Lutheran church, were instrumental in persuading Wartburg College to locate in Clinton. C. E. Lamb sold 57 acres of land to the college of which seventeen were retained for the campus and the remainder sold for residential development to help finance the college. The major building was started in 1893 and completed in time for the college to open in the fall of 1894.The Romanesque Style building with its centrally located tower is a major landmark in the southwestern-western part of the city. It has exterior walls of red brick with stone trim. Designed to house up to two hundred students, it contained classrooms, a chapel, museum, library, kitchen and dining hall. The house behind the main building was built c. 1906. In 1935, Wartburg closed its Clinton campus and the Waverly campus became the college's major facility in Iowa. In April of 1944, the building was converted to 68 apartment units. The main entry was abandoned and the arched opening filled in.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Architectural Tour of Clinton


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