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After the demolition of a Hotel, ground breaking for Galle Johnson was held Dec. 10, 1950.

Galle-Johnson Hall

Galle-Johnson Hall was constructed after voters approved a $350,000 bond issue on April 1, 1947. The building was ready for occupancy in time for the 1952 fall semester. The building site, on the northwest corner of Fifth Avenue and Second Street, was where the Fifth Avenue Hotel, also known as the Monroe Hotel and Ranney Hotel, once stood.


The original plan for Galle-Johnson Hall was for a two-story brick structure extending the length of the block. It was to contain 12-15 classrooms, two science classrooms and laboratories, a home economics area, office space, an auditorium to the west, a teachers’ lounge, and restrooms on both floors. When contractors began work on the piers to support the building, they estimated that the cost of digging through the rubble of huge rocks, which had filled the basement area from the former hotel, could best be spent with an additional $4,000, to remove all the debris and put a basement under the east portion of the building. The Board of Education quickly accepted the suggestion and the work progressed.


During commencement exercises in 1974, the structure officially was named Galle-Johnson Hall, honoring the work of the late Kurt R. Galle, dean at the time of its construction, and the late Dr. Paul Johnson, the first president of the college.

Today, Galle-Johnson Hall serves as the college’s administration building. Also on the main floor is the Business Office, Financial Aid, Registrar, Admissions, Employee Services, Alumni/Development, and Public Relations offices. The second floor is home to the Natural Science Department, including faculty offices and classrooms. The lower level is where Computer Graphic Arts and Journalism programs are located, plus the college’s mail room, AmeriCorps, Volunteers Learning Through Service, and the grant writing/arts programming office. The TELENET 2 classroom also is on the lower level.

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