Stanley Hall

Stanley Hall

Stanley Residence Hall

What You'll Find Here

  • Residence hall rooms


10 East Davenport Street
Formal Name: 
Stanley Hall
Altfillisch, Olson, Gray and Thompson, Decorah, Iowa

The Ecklund Lounge stands at the juncture of Currier Residence Hall and Stanley Residence Hall, two major residence halls, and is named after David Ecklund, Associated Residence Halls president in 1978. The lounge was built as a component of Stanley Hall but now serves both residences. Carrie Stanley was a professor in the University of Iowa’s English Department for thirty-four years and founded the University’s Writing Laboratory.
Marking the south end of Stanley Hall, the polygonal structure consists of a brick podium and curtain wall of dark-tinted glass. A distinctive serrated cornice lends a sense of playfulness appropriate to the small structure’s social function. The jaunty profile continues in the accordion canopy of the exterior stairs, which is a counterpart to the turquoise-trimmed undulating wave-canopy that once graced the front of nearby Burge Residence Hall (removed 2004) and the zigzag canopy at Daum Residence Hall (both were also designed by Altfillisch). The tiny interior is one of the most unusual to be found anywhere on campus. The ceiling follows the ups and downs of the exterior roofline, but a saucerlike indoor awning supported on pilotis and with a light-admitting oculus in the center fills the space. Like something from a dream or perhaps a 1950s science fiction movie, this strange and unanticipated object resolves the angular profile of the exterior into a soft-edged expanding cloud. Whether this bizarre shape was designed for its acoustical properties is unknown, but the fantasy world conjured by Ecklund Lounge provides an ideal respite for students seeking refuge from the busy campus outside.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. For more information contact University Housing 335-3000.

Entrances to Stanley Hall are not accessible to people in wheelchairs. The building may be reached from the south entrance to Currier Hall via a short ramp. This entrance is located on the north side of Davenport Street midway between Capitol and Clinton Streets.
The nearest identified accessible parking is located in the North Campus Parking Ramp located 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 Stanley Hall.
An accessible restroom for each sex is located in the main lobby area.
The building is equipped with an elevator near the lobby which is accessible to individuals with disabilities.