If you were to imagine a classic, picturesque academic hall, you would be imagining Palmer.
Palmer is one of Colorado College's most historically significant buildings. Completed in 1904, the hall was named after General William Jackson Palmer, a Civil War veteran and the founder of Colorado Springs. During the initial fundraising process, the local street railway company petitioned for the right to extend its tracks along an alignment through the center of campus, which the college refused.
The construction fund then received an anonymous donation of $100,000 with the condition that the building be placed across the extended alignment of the train tracks. Rumor has it that the main entrance of Palmer, which is directly in line with the Tejon St. axis, was designed to be the exact dimensions of a streetcar.
Palmer Hall was originally built to be a state-of-the-art science building, but now it is home to the social sciences. One thing that has remained the same for over 100 years is the tradition of students rubbing the nose of William Palmer's dog on the memorial plaque in the building’s foyer as a measure of good luck before an exam.