DECORAH, Iowa (KWWL) -- Luther College's campus has officially been added to the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).
The historic district of campus includes the college's original 32 acres of land, 24 buildings and 9 outdoor sculptures.
“We are proud that Luther College is being recognized for its rich history,” said President Jenifer K. Ward. “From the walls we study and teach within, to the beautiful land that was founded where river, woodland, and prairie meet, history shapes us. As our mission statement says, a Luther education ‘develops whole persons.’ This designation creates new student, faculty and staff opportunities for understanding the interplay between architecture, landscape and history.”
To be designated as on the National Register, you must have local certification, evaluation and endorsements at the State Historic Preservation Office and a final designation from the federal Department of the Interior.
There are three colleges in the Hawkeye State with an extensive historic district and only a large handful of historic districts in the upper Midwest region.
“This nomination focused almost exclusively on a single archive,” said Jackson. “Our archive workspaces were hopping all through the summer of 2018, when 20 researchers, drawn from the DHPC and the Decorah and Luther communities, concentrated on the histories of individual buildings.”
More than 1,800 undergraduates attend Luther College.