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Science at Oberlin College through the years
Severence Laboratory

Severence Laboratory, n.d.

As work concludes on the new science complex (December 2002), the College Archives presents a series of photographs and a number of articles concerning the history of the teaching of science at Oberlin College.


The Severance Chemical Laboratory is constructed of Ohio sandstone, and is located at the northwest corner of Lorain and Professor Streets. The architect was Mr. Howard C. Shaw, of Chicago, and the building was erected by Mr. George Feick, of Sandusky. It consists of two wings at right angels to each other, each 72 feet long two stories in height, connected by a tower 27 feet wide and three stories in height. When it was first built, the first floor contained offices and laboratories for the head of the department of Chemistry, a storeroom, a large lecture room with a seating capacity of one hundred and fifty-four, balance rooms, and a laboratory for Quantitative Analysis. The second floor contained the main laboratories for Organic Chemistry, a library, an instructors’ room, and smaller rooms for various purposes.

See also the article “Science at Oberlin: a Meeting of the Minds,” by Paula Baymiller and Linda Grashoff.

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