Tagged: buildings and grounds

World War I Memorial Door

On Memorial Day, May 30, 1924, University President Rev. Matthew Walsh dedicated the World War I Memorial at Notre Dame before saying a military field mass in front of it.  The memorial is an addition to the east transept of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart designed by Notre Dame architects Francis...

Lewis Hall

On August 10, 1965, Notre Dame dedicated its first dormitory built specifically for female students.  Lewis Hall was originally built as a residence for the religious women pursuing advanced degrees at Notre Dame, accommodating 143 nuns, all in private rooms.  It would later open to include female lay graduate students as the number...

Main Quad Cannons

On May 22, 1896, the United States Congress approved the Disposition of Condemned Cannon, Etc., which provided the Secretaries of War and of the Navy the authority “to loan, or give to soldiers’ monumental associations, posts of the Grand Army of the Republic, and municipal corporations, condemned ordnance, guns, and...

The Great Fire of 1879

Wednesday, April 23, 1879, started out as any other spring day at Notre Dame.  Taking advantage of the warm day, the Minims were out on their play yard.  Around 10:00am, they were the first to notice the smoke rising from the Main Building and sounded the alarm — “College on fire!”  Notification was sent to South...

Consecration of Notre Dame

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, May 31, 1866, the University of Notre Dame was officially consecrated and the statue of the Virgin Mary atop the dome was dedicated.  The newspapers at the time claimed that “the ceremony will eclipse everything of the kind which has ever taken place in...

"The Lilacs" - Home of Professor Maurice Francis Egan at 1136 N. Notre Dame Avenue, c1890s

The Lilacs

On the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Napoleon Boulevard stands an old yellow-bricked house.  Located at 1136 N. Notre Dame Avenue, the house was built for Notre Dame professor of English Maurice Francis Egan.  Egan was the first lay professor with a wife and children and the house was...

Senior Bar

The first Senior Bar building has an unlikely history.  The house was built in 1916 as a private residence and was known as the McNamara House.  In 1951 the house was converted into a home for men in formation to the Brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross and renamed...

William J. Burke Golf Course

In the Fall of 1929, the William J. Burke Memorial Golf Course in the southwest corner of campus opened for use of Notre Dame students, faculty, clergy, and friends of the University.  The course was donated by Notre Dame Trustee William J. Burke, President of the Vulcan Last Corporation of...

Memorial Library Topping Out

On April 3, 1962, the last steel girder for the Memorial Library (now Hesburgh Library) was put into place.  As part of the “topping out” ceremony, University President Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, CSC, inscribed the final beam, which was hoisted to the top with an American flag. By the 1950s,...

Sorin Hall Porch

“It was not like that in the olden days, in the days beyond recall, When everybody got ducked that lived in Sorin Hall.” [1906 Dome yearbook] In the latter part of the 19th century, enrollment at Notre Dame continued to swell.  Sorin Hall was built in 1889 and expanded in...