Nichols Hall, Kansas State University

Nichols Hall is a castle-like structure on the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan, KS. 

Over 100 years old, the imposing stone structure is apprached via a portcullis-esque main door, above which are crenellations.  Either side of the entrance are narrow towers whilst on the corners of the castle are larger towers, all of which are crenellated.  Home to the university's Department of Communication Studies, Theatre, and Dance, the property can be viewed from the adjacent roads or if you really love castles, why not enroll fora  course and you could study there!

 

From the University website:

 

“Nichols Hall dates from 1911, when it housed the physical education and military science departments. It was originally built to resemble a castle, as was the tradition in that era for buildings used by ROTC programs. The building also housed a swimming pool in the basement, a radio broadcasting studio on the top floor and some space for the Department of Music.

Following a massive fire that gutted the interior in 1968, the state legislature allocated $5.5 million to rebuild Nichols Hall in response to pressure from K-State students and supporters. The new structure, completed in 1985, was named for Dr. Ernest R. Nichols, former head of the Department of Physics and former K-State president in the early 20th century.

The Nichols fire devastated the Department of Music when all sheet music burned except the Wabash Cannonball. Thus, that song was the pep band's only option at a basketball game three days after the fire, and it became a popular school song from then on”.

 

 

Contact Nichols Hall, Kansas

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702 Mid-Campus Dr, Manhattan,

Kansas, 66506, United States

 

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