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Trinty Hall
Trinity Hall
Trinity Hall

Trinity Hall, first known as the Library, was designed by Chester Cole, a Chico architect, and was completed in 1933. It was the third of the buildings designed to replace the Normal School building which burned in 1927.

It is a brick building in Romanesque design with a square bell tower on the south side. The front of the building faces towards the creek. It was planned to hold the library and class rooms. When the new library was built in 1959, it was converted to the Campus Activities Center and housed student government offices, lounges, and a bookstore. Since the 1970's it has housed faculty offices and a museum/art gallery. The name was changed to Trinity Hall in 1972.

Chimes were first installed in 1937 to ring the quarter hour and play concerts - especially at Christmas time. New chimes were purchased in memory of former college president Glen Kendall and installed on his retirement in 1966.

The Albert E. Warrens Reception Center
Albert E. Warrens Reception Center
Albert E. Warrens Reception Center
The reception center, located at 341 Mansion Avenue on the north edge of the campus, was formerly the presidential mansion for university presidents. It is also occasionally referred to as the Julia Morgan house. Julia Morgan, who created more than 700 structures including the Hearst Castle at San Simeon, designed this Classical Revival home, built in 1923 for Chico physician Daniel H. Moulton and his family. She also worked on several others in Chico.

The two-story structure served as the Moulton residence until October 1945. The California legislature approved funds effective September 15, 1945, to purchase the property, which cost $25,750.00. Dr. Aymer J. Hamilton and his family were the first presidential family to occupy the resident. The Kendalls installed most of the visible landscaping during the 1950s while Dr. Kendall was President of Chico State College.

The mansion received a substantial remodel prior to the occupancy of the Robert Hill family in 1966. The last presidential family to occupy the mansion, the Robin Wilsons, left in 1993 when Dr. Wilson's presidency ended. During the occupancy by presidential families, the upstairs served as living space while the downstairs provided a space for official school receptions and ceremonies.

The mansion, in a state of bad repair, remained closed after the Wilsons left until a major restoration project began in spring 2000. Costing approximately $700,000.00, the work restored the facility to near original condition and added elements to accommodate large groups. Heating, cooling, and accessibility were upgraded. Restrooms were added, others modernized, and the kitchen changed from a home kitchen to a catering kitchen designed to meet the new purposes of the building.

The facility dedication took place on April 23, 2001. The new name honors Dr. Albert Edward (Ed) Warrens, a longtime Chico pathologist. He was a longtime supporter and benefactor of CSU, Chico along with his wife, Marilyn, who arranged and supervised the restoration.

The Center for Regional and Continuing Education
 Thumbnail picture of the Regional & Continuing Education Building
Regional & Continuing Education
This building began as the third heating facility built on Chico State's campus. In response to the increase in college enrollment after World War II, Chico State began a new phase of building construction. The new buildings increased the need for such utilities as heating systems. Built by B and R Construction Company of San Francisco, the approximately 8,000 square foot heating building contained an office, a bathroom, and two steam boilers. Designed by a state architect, the facility used a brick exterior to match the original buildings on campus. Completed in June of 1949, the heating facility was used for twenty-three years.

In the mid 1970s, the building was remodeled for office space. A new heating and cooling facility built in 1972 made the boiler plant obsolete. The university's Center for Regional and Continuing Education moved into the building after renovation in the early 1990s and is still there today.

  Aymer Jay Hamilton Building

Built in 1949, the facility replaced the old campus laboratory school. Designed by a state architect, the new building totaled nearly 37,000 square feet. The laboratory school housed an elementary school and the university's elementary education program. The school was used to teach university students in elementary education and provided children, grades kindergarten through six, with an elementary education. The department of education used the building until it was remodeled in the early 1970s.

Aymer Jay Hamilton served as the tenth president of Chico State. His service, from 1931 to 1950, was the longest of any Chico State president.

  Shurmer Gymnasium
Shurmer Gymnasium
Shurmer Gymnasium
Completed in 1956, Shurmer Gym replaced the old 1927 gym that stood where Modoc Hall is now located. The new building design that totaled more than 24,000 square feet included a gymnasium, locker room, classroom and offices. As the athletics department grew, this building was constructed as the men's facility, while the women continued to use the old gym. Art Acker began to expand the department further and made Shurmer Gym coed in 1963. During this time the old gym was torn down and the Acker Gym was built for men's athletics. Shurmer Gym was dedicated in honor of Jane Wells Shurmer in 1976.

From 1938 to 1968, Jane Wells Shurmer was on the Physical Education faculty. She helped develop women's athletics at Chico State, including women's field hockey, basketball, softball and swimming. Shurmer was inducted into the Chico Sports Hall of Fame in 1973, demonstrating the positive and lasting impact that she had on Chico athletics.

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