Baker Village was opened in 1999 as a new residential area primarily for seniors at Luther College. Situated across College Drive from the campus, Baker Village faces the driveway of the college and Valders Hall of Science.
Baker Village was built in four sets of six townhouses with Scandinavian-style architecture set at the nexus of a rustic farm park area, a flowering prairie, and a lush wooded area. The buildings incorporate several environmentally responsible features, including geothermal heating and cooling, compact fluorescent bulbs throughout, low-flow shower and faucet heads, low-flush toilets, and landscaping restored to prairie meadows. Shirley Baker Commons was built to accommodate the students lounge and laundry needs. Baker Village currently offers three styles of units, housing a total of 100 students. The goal is to foster a sense of independence and community throughout the village while linking residents with the energy of the main campus.
The residential complex is named after Jeffrey Baker, the eighth president of Luther College (1996-1999) while the Commons is named after his wife, Shirley Baker . Baker Village borders on one side Anderson Prairie, planted in fall of 1998 using a seed mixture that included 72 species of prairie wildflowers and five species of grasses.
In 2008-2009 Baker Village will expand in the hope of housing 200 students there in the near future. The new development is planning to use the same style of architecture as the original buildings.