Butler University, Robertson Hall

Indianapolis, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Rowland Design


    Butler University, Robertson Hall

  • AREA

    24,300 sq.ft.





Butler University renovated Robertson Hall to add a welcome center for prospective students and their families, and to house administrative offices. The original structure, built in the 1940s, resembled a colonial church.

The architectural solutions were contemporary in form and materials, while sympathetic to the existing style. They included an open ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY66COST PER SQ FT$103.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio stair, new elevator, upgrades to all mechanical and electrical systems, and a two-story glass wall that opens onto a terrace overlooking a wooded hillside and canal below. The rich green and cranberry color palette on interior furnishings complements the view and creates a relaxing environment for visitors and university personnel.

Office doors with sidelights bring natural light into the corridors. A large central stair links all three floors and opens up the building with light and creates a central entry large enough for temporary displays. New rest-rooms and meeting facilities were designed. The overall result maintains the classical design of the exterior, while adding all the conveniences of a modern office building and hospitality center.

Photographer: ©Dan Francis/Mardan Photography