The college is located on a wooded, 129-acre hilltop in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and our campus was the first to be listed entirely on the National Register of Historic Places. Today the campus seamlessly integrates modern and historic buildings, and a number of our recent renovation and construction projects have earned design awards.
During 2005-06, Cornell developed a campus-wide master plan to address the needs of a growing and evolving college. The list below illustrates some of our current and recently completed projects.
The Thomas Commons renovation project, completed in 2014, brought sweeping changes to the college's student center, adding a majestic entrance and lobby, glass-enclosed dining addition, and marketplace dining.
Much of the roof of the iconic King Chapel was replaced in 2010, and structural, utility, and cosmetic work, including installation of an elevator, will take place over the next few years.
Our newest residence hall opened in the fall of 2007. Russell Hall houses 96 students in 4-person suites, each consisting of two singles, a double, a living room, a bathroom, and a storage room. The building features wonderful natural light via large windows, kitchens on each floor, and heating/air conditioning controls for each suite.
The exterior of this residence hall, built in 1930, was refurbished during the summer of 2006, and the interior was remodeled during the summers of 2008 and 2009. The building gained an elevator, all new electrical service, new heating system, and new plumbing. It also sports more spacious bathrooms, great lounge and study spaces, a building conference room, and office space.
Paul K. Scott Alumni Center
This residence hall was converted into the Paul K. Scott Alumni Center which opened in the summer of 2009. The building now houses the Office of Alumni and College Advancement.
Peter Paul Luce Admissions Center
In 2008, Wade House became the Peter Paul Luce Admissions Center. The historic Victorian building underwent a complete renovation, with a major addition added to support the Financial Assistance Office.
Small Multi-Sport Center
We have tripled the size of the wrestling room by reclaiming the pool area, and doubled the size of the weight room in the process. We’ve also replaced the arena floor, including a purple Olympic-quality surface for the running track.