The University of Iowa

Seashore Hall

Carl Seashore

Honoree: Carl Seashore
1866 - 1949 


  • Seashore served as Chairman of the Department of Psychology and Dean of the Graduate College
  • Seashore was a prominent psychologist interested in audiology, psychology of music, psychology of speech and stuttering, psychology of graphic arts and measuring motivation and scholastic aptitude
  • He had a 50-year career at the University of Iowa
  • In 1981, the building formerly named University Hospital and East Hall, was renamed as Seashore Hall

Seashore Hall


Description of facility:

Seashore Hall (as University Hospital) was preceded on this site by the Mechanics’ Academy building, where a small, 20-bed hospital was installed in 1873. The original building was expanded twice before the entire hospital operation was moved to the new General Hospital on the west side of the Iowa River in 1929. In its definitive form as a hospital, achieved in 1915, University Hospital had patient wards, private rooms, clinics, and a surgical theater and accommodated a total of 350 beds. In 1930 it was remodeled as a research building and renamed East Hall; psychology and journalism became the major occupants. In 1981 the building was renamed after psychologist Carl Seashore, dean of the Graduate College. In 2000, the southwest wing on the left was razed because of failing structure, but the refurbishing of the entire complex is under consideration.

Address: 301 East Jefferson Street
Year built: 1899
Additional building information: Seashore Hall

Aerial View of Building