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Wentworth Institute of Technology Buildings

A brief history of Wentworth buildings.

Mickelson Hall

  • Built in 1925
  • Architect - S.S. Eisenburg
  • Mickelson Hall is presently the home of the Public Safety Department, the Student Center, and the Student Activities Office.
  • Before Wentworth acquired Mickelson Hall in 1957, the building was a garage and a car dealership. After its acquisition, Mickelson was used for masonry laboratories and classrooms.

John A. Mickelson

John A. Mickelson came to Wentworth in 1911 as the first head of the Pattern Making Department. Prior to his arrival, Mickelson had a successful career as a pattern maker, designer, and inventor.

As the head pattern maker of the Allis-Chalmers Company he was responsible for designing working patterns used in the construction of Niagara Falls Power Plant equipment.

Mickelson also designed and built one of the first 4-cylinder automotive gasoline engines which was subsequently purchased by the Stutz Motor company. He retired in 1947 after a long tenure of service at Wentworth.