By 1808Delaware

Stuyvesant Hall is Ohio Wesleyan University’s oldest and one of its most unique dormitories.

The building embodies tradition while at the same time its housing units boast modern amenities.

In 1925, OWU received a bequest of one million dollars from Mr. and Mrs. Frank E. Stuyvesant. While neither were alumni of the university, they were childless and as they were nearing the end of their lives, were looking for someplace to donate their lifetime savings.

At this time, they became acquainted with the daughter of one of Stuyvesant’s neighbors, one Katherine Guthrey. Ms. Guthrey, an OWU student, had a character which compelled them to look more closely at the university as a possible beneficiary.

Stuyvesant Hall was built in 1930. The building features three wings built around a courtyard, a bell tower, and a “smoking lounge” from the 1920s (now a performance space known as the Milligan Hub, since all Ohio Wesleyan residence halls are smoke-free). Coed by suite, Stuy accommodates 237 men and women, sophomores through seniors.

The new dormitory initially housed freshmen girls. It was dedicated in June, 1931, with Mrs. Stuyvesant in attendance (Frank Stuyvesant had passed away). The building’s fountain was dedicated to the OSU Class of 1925.

Stuyvesant Hall underwent an extensive renovation in 2011-2012. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 18, 1985. The three story brick structure has sandstone trim and a columned tower visible from many parts of Delaware.

Sources: OWU; Akron Beacon-Journal; Photo: Public Domain

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