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The University Hall

The University Hall

The University Hall Renovation Project

Opened in 1877, and partly funded through John Purdue’s founding donation, University Hall is the oldest building on Purdue’s campus. Initially called the Main Building, the hall has been used for classrooms, was home to Purdue’s first library and a chapel, and once served as the president’s office. John Purdue’s grave is located directly east of the building.

University Hall was last remodeled in 1961, and it’s time to renovate and restore this Purdue landmark, recreating its place as a student-centered hub for future generations of Boilermakers. The University Hall renovation project includes a complete restoration of the four-story, 34,200-square-foot building, with much-needed study and collaboration spaces, updated classrooms, and welcoming student-services spaces in this new front door for the College of Liberal Arts. Construction will begin in December 2023, with a planned completion date of July 2025.

This iconic building stands as a testament to John Purdue’s enduring legacy. More than bricks and mortar, University Hall symbolizes our founder’s vision and our university’s excellence.

University Hall Student gathering area
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Opened in 1877, and partly funded through John Purdue’s founding donation, University Hall is the oldest building on Purdue’s campus. Initially called the Main Building, the hall has been used for classrooms, was home to Purdue’s first library and a chapel, and once served as the president’s office. John Purdue requested that he be buried in front of University Hall, and his grave is located directly east of the building.

University Hall was last remodeled in 1961, and it’s time to renovate and restore this Purdue landmark, recreating its place as a student-centered hub for future generations of Boilermakers. The University Hall renovation project includes a complete restoration of the four-story, 34,200-square-foot building, with much-needed study and collaboration spaces, updated classrooms, and welcoming student-services spaces in this new front door for the College of Liberal Arts. Construction will begin in December 2023, with a planned completion date of July 2026.

This iconic building stands as a testament to John Purdue’s enduring legacy. More than bricks and mortar, University Hall symbolizes our founder’s vision and our university’s excellence.

The University Hall Renovation Project

Opened in 1877, and partly funded through John Purdue’s founding donation, University Hall is the oldest building on Purdue’s campus. Initially called the Main Building, the hall has been used for classrooms, was home to Purdue’s first library and a chapel, and once served as the president’s office. John Purdue requested that he be buried in front of University Hall, and his grave is located directly east of the building.

University Hall was last remodeled in 1961, and it’s time to renovate and restore this Purdue landmark, recreating its place as a student-centered hub for future generations of Boilermakers. The University Hall renovation project includes a complete restoration of the four-story, 34,200-square-foot building, with much-needed study and collaboration spaces, updated classrooms, and welcoming student-services spaces in this new front door for the College of Liberal Arts. Construction will begin in December 2023, with a planned completion date of July 2026.

This iconic building stands as a testament to John Purdue’s enduring legacy. More than bricks and mortar, University Hall symbolizes our founder’s vision and our university’s excellence.

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For more information on how you can support the University Hall renovation, please contact David M. Williams, chief development officer for the College of Liberal Arts, at dmwilliams@purdueforlife.org or 765-427-0527.