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Carrie Chapman Catt Hall
Agriculture Hall
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Catt Hall
Former names Agriculture Hall, Botany Hall, Old Botany Hall
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Architectural style Queen Anne Revival
Location Osborn Dr., Iowa State University; Ames, Iowa
Coordinates 42°1′40″N 93°38′44″W / 42.02778°N 93.64556°W / 42.02778; -93.64556 (Catt Hall)
Current tenants College of Liberal Arts & Sciences; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Carrie Chapman Center for Women and Politics
Completed 1892
Owner Iowa State University
Landlord Iowa State University

Carrie Chapman Catt Hall is an administrative building completed in 1892, at Iowa State University which currently houses the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, and the Carrie Chapman Center for Women and Politics. The building is named for Carrie Chapman Catt, an American women's rights activist and founder of the League of Women Voters. She graduated from Iowa State in 1880 at the top of her class.


Originally known as Agriculture Hall, the building was completed in 1893, and housed the Agriculture, Horticulture, and Veterinary Science departments. In the early 1900s, the Department of Agricultural Engineering moved into the building which was renamed Agricultural Engineering Building until 1922, when the department moved into its own building. It once housed the laboratory of George Washington Carver, the first African American graduate student and first African American faculty member at Iowa State. Following this move, the building was renamed Botany Hall, then Old Botany Hall, after the Botany department moved to Bessey Hall in 1968. Although the building was condemned in 1966, Old Botany was partially occupied until spring of 1994. In 1985, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building's interior was gutted and underwent a $5 million renovation. The Iowa Board of Regents approved changing the building's name to Carrie Chapman Catt Hall. The building was rededicated in 1995, at which point it was given its current name and purpose as the administrative office for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Plaza of Heroines

Located in front of Catt Hall, the Plaza of Heroines is a brick filled area containing over 3,600 bricks dedicated to women who have made an impact on their families, communities, and society as role models.

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