Baker Village offers upper class Luther students Scandinavian-style architecture set at the nexus of a rustic farm park area, a flowering prairie, and a lush wooded area. Baker Village is named after Jeffery D. Baker, the eighth president of Luther College (1996-1999) and incorporates several environmentally responsible features, including solar panels that are used to power all electrical appliances and the geothermal heating and cooling system, compact fluorescent bulbs throughout, low-flow shower and faucet heads, low-flush toilets, and landscaping restored to prairie meadows.
The residential area of twenty townhouse-style units in four buildings, as well as the Shirley Baker Commons (named after President Baker´s wife), opened in 1999. The remaining units included in the original plan (an additional six buildings and 150 beds) will be completed as the need arises.
Baker Village currently offers three styles of townhouses, accommodating a total of 112 senior students. Eligible students have earned 72 or more credits by the end of fall semester of their junior year.
Townhouse layout choices
All townhouses accommodate six students. Six houses have four bedrooms (2 single rooms downstairs and 2 double rooms upstairs) and twelve houses have six single bedrooms on 2 levels.
- A full kitchen, including a range, oven, refrigerator/freezer, and microwave
- A living room furnished with a three-seat couch, one or two chairs (in six- or four-bedroom houses), two-seat couch (in six-bedroom houses), end table, and a cable/data port
- A dining area containing a table and chairs
- A dresser, twin bed (no lofting), desk, desk chair, large closet, phone line, CAT6 network connection, and wireless network coverage in all units. Each bedroom and the living room are wired for cable TV
- A double-walled insulation and air sound barrier between units
- Separate electronic heat and air controls for each townhouse
- Convenient parking