Steinheim Castle

The Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center at the Allen Steinheim Museum

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What began as the private residence of Professor Ida Kenyon, who wanted to reproduce the architecture of a castle in her native Germany, is now the home of the Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center at the Allen Steinheim Museum.

Statistics and History

About this Facility

Professor Kenyon started construction on the building in 1875, using stones collected from the area. She ran out of money before her castle was completed, and it was purchased by Jonathan Allen, the University's second president, who completed it for use as a natural history museum and classroom.

After 75 years' use and too little maintenance, the building was in disrepair and was closed in 1953. A decade later, basic repairs were made, allowing the building to be used for nearly 30 more years before it again closed, this time for a major renovation that would transform it into the Career Development Center. The renovation project won an architectural award for its careful blending of the old with the new.

The Architecture

The walls of the building are a geological museum in themselves, made of more than 8,000 kinds of rock collected from ice age debris, all from within three miles of campus.

The interior of the building is finished primarily in native wood from local forests. More than 800 kinds of wood can be found in the Steinheim.

Robert R. McComsey Career Development Center

Today, Alfred's "castle" is home to a state of the art Career Development Center.

It has four interview rooms equipped with telephones, round conference tables and access to fax and computer equipment.

The Center offers six networked computers loaded with software, internet access and print capability.

The Career Library has current information and job listings in all degree fields in a physical setting that encourages students to stay and conduct research.