Pfeiffer Hall, erected at Cornell in 1930, has been one of the school’s most unique buildings on campus. Full of history, Pfeiffer has undergone many changes over the years, including remodeling and add-ons to the building. A wide variety of people have lived in this residence hall, and each year the environment and atmosphere changes to accommodate it’s residents.
In order to investigate the many aspects of Pfeiffer, I used a variety of research methods. I began be searching through the library’s archive collection to learn about the history of the building. To understand the Pfeiffer of today, I interviewed several residents of the hall, and went on a guided tour to visit every area. My interviews were conducted with both men and women, from a variety of classes.
By utilizing many different sources, I was able to piece together what I feel is a good history of the evolution of Pfeiffer Hall’s community. This project has also given me a broader outlook on college in general, and how fortunate we are to have the opportunity for higher education.
Allison Chenoweth, ’02 Ottumwa, IA
Major: Anthropology and Music
Sponsor: Alfrieta Monagan