Off Campus Housing [College-Owned Houses]

Over the years, CSB has had several off-campus houses. Below follows a list of off-campus housing options at CSB, past and present, and a short description of each.

Rainbow House  
Meyer House   
Multicultural (Rose) House  
Dehler House  
Ann House 
Margaret House 
Jeanette House 

Rainbow House/Katherine House, 322 Minnesota Street West
2011 (click thumbnails for larger image)

Originally started with a government grant as a children's home in 1972, the College of Saint Benedict took over the financial costs of Rainbow House in 1980 after its 5-year grant ended. The house was used as a lab school for early education majors.  For a time, Rainbow House served as an off-campus housing option for single mothers attending CSB. This option ended in 1999. In 2004, Rainbow House became the enviro house (but with the advent of intentional living communities, it could house other types of communities than the ecologically-minded).

For more information, see below:
"Houses in St. Joseph become homes for CSB students," The Vitae, 11 October 1973, p. 6.
Stalboeger, Caroline. "Exhibit Moveable, Not Moving." The Cable, 25 October 1977, p. 4. 
Ryan, Teresa. "CSB's Rainbow Connection." The Cable, 8 April 1983, p. 5.
Dotson, Anne K. "Making [Res] Life Work With Your Child." The Record, 26 April 2001, p. 8.
Tollefson, Tara. "Another Perspective." The Record, 3 May 2001, p. 14.
Mensen, Amber. "Campus Houses." The Record, 18 March 2004, p. 11.

Meyer House

The Meyer house was listed with a realtor in the spring of 1987. The College wished to acquire the property with the intent of income-producing purposes (i.e. student housing). The President's staff personally viewed the Meyer house and made an offer of $52,000.

In the 2002-2003 academic year, Meyer house was available as off-campus housing.

On September 25, 2010, the Meyer house was removed; the St. Joseph Fire Department used it to do a controlled burn and training exercises.

The Meyer House was surrounded by trees just east of the Fieldhouse in this 2004 aerial photo and just east of the tennis courts in this 1970s aerial photo.

For more information, see below:
"You Are the Key to Community." The Record, 21 February 2002, p. 4.

Multicultural (Rose) House, 222 Minnesota Street West
Rose House, 1987 and 2011 (click thumbnail for larger image)

Multicultural House, originally known as Rose House, is located at the north entrance of the College of St. Benedict on Minnesota Street. In 1987, there was a short period of time in which students were unable to live in Rose House when the Head Resident of the West Apartments, Lisa Peterson Moschkaus, requested that she and her family resided there. In 1995, the administration decided to transform Rose House into the International and Multicultural House to provide a place for international, multicultural and study abroad students to share their experiences. Students no longer live at Multicultural House, and it is the home of  the Multicultural Office, formerly located in the basement of Aurora. In late June 2014, Rose House and the two on the other side of 3rd Avenue SW were demolished, and their materials recycled as much as possible, to make way for the construction of a better north entrance to the CSB campus.

For more information, see below:

Kellen, Janet R. "Bennies Lose Rose to Head Resident." The Independent, 18 September 1987, p. 1.
Simmons, Dan. "Intl/Multicultural Offices Target Campus House." The Record, 27 April 1995, p. 3.
Oberpriller, Sarah. "Intercultural House Near Completion." The Independent, 5 October 1995, p. 9.
Leuthner, Emily C. "Intercultural House Grand Opening." The Independent, 9 May 1996, p. 3.
Tucker, Adam. "CSB entrance scheduled for summer facelift." The Record, 21 March 2014, p. 1, 8.


Other Off-Campus Houses:
(click thumbnails for larger images)

Dehler House, 302 Minnesota Street West

The Dehler House, on the southwest corner of Minnesota Street and 3rd Avenue, was the home of long-time St. Ben's Monastery employee Winnie Dehler and her husband, Herb.  They raised their children in this home, and many of them attended CSB and SJU.

Ann House, 306 Minnesota Street West

In late June 2014, the Dehler House and Ann House, along with Rose House, were demolished, and their materials recycled as much as possible, to make way for the construction of a better north entrance to the CSB campus.

Margaret House, 24 Minnesota Street East

House purchased by the College of Saint Benedict in 1972. The first CSB students moved in to the house in 1972.

See also:

"Houses in St. Joseph become homes for CSB students," The Vitae, 11 October 1973, p. 6.

Jeanette House, 37 SE 1st Avenue

Jeanette House became an intentional-living community house ca. 2010, serving as botha Spanish-language and feminist community house before becoming a second eco-house (in addition to Rainbow House) in the 2014-2015 academic year. 


Special thanks to Ariel Smelter '12 for drafting this text.