Currier Hall

Currier Hall

Currier Hall

What You'll Find Here

  • Residence hall rooms
  • Eastside Community Center
  • Fitness center


  • - Coverage throughout the building.
413 North Clinton Street
Formal Name: 
Currier Residence Hall
Proudfoot, Bird and Rawson, Des Moines, Iowa

Currier Residence Hall, the University of Iowa’s oldest extant residence hall, was built to address the shortage of housing for female students. It was named after Amos Noyes Currier and his wife, Celia Moore Currier, both fixtures in the Classics Department where Amos held a professorship and Celia was a Latin instructor. During his time at the University, Amos Currier held an array of positions. As a volunteer librarian, he organized the University’s first card catalog; he also served as the first president of the Iowa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, was dean of the Collegiate Department (now College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), and served as interim president (1898–1899) between Charles Schaeffer and George MacLean. Currier Hall, home to 168 women in 1914, is today a coeducational residence with renovations that address current student life needs.
This Georgian Revival dormitory is composed of simple brick work and contrasting limestone detailing. Quoins at its corners and insets above the first- and third-story windows add distinction, as do the brackets under the cornice. Currier was enlarged in 1940, which extended the Clinton Street wing to the north. While the original Parisian-style glass fan-canopy above Currier’s main door has been removed, the flanking Doric pilasters and the rooftop balustrade marking the entrance façade remain in place. Behind the balustrade and running along the roofline, pedimented dormers open from students’ rooms. Currier was enlarged several times before it achieved its current U-shaped configuration. The aura of tradition pervades Currier; legend has it that the building is haunted by the ghosts of three residents from the 1930s, adding further luster to this classic residence hall’s venerable character.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. This residence hall is located on Clinton Street north of Burge Hall. It is connected to Stanley Hall to the west via the main floor hallway. Neither of these buildings have been modified to serve as living facilities for students with disabilities. This document will address only the public areas of the building.

The entrance on the south side of the building is accessible via a ramp and provides access to Stanley Hall the south half of the main level of Currier Hall and all areas of the upper levels of Currier. The north half of the main level of Currier is accessed via a ramp to the northeast entrance.
The nearest designated accessible parking is located in the North Campus Parking Ramp southwest of Currier and Stanley. The vehicular entrance to the parking ramp is located at the north end of Madison Street. Exit the parking ramp to the east to access Currier Hall.
An accessible restroom for each sex is located in the south main corridor.
The building is equipped with an elevator near the lobby which is accessible to persons with disabilities.