Heritage Hall (Valparaiso University)

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Heritage Hall
Heritage Hall Valparaiso University Valparaiso.jpg
Heritage Hall (Valparaiso University) is located in Indiana
Heritage Hall (Valparaiso University)
Location Campus Mall, S. College Ave., Valparaiso, Indiana
Coordinates 41°27′43″N 87°3′15″W / 41.46194°N 87.05417°W / 41.46194; -87.05417Coordinates: 41°27′43″N 87°3′15″W / 41.46194°N 87.05417°W / 41.46194; -87.05417
Built 1875
Architectural style Italianate
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 76000016[1]
Added to NRHP July 12, 1976

Heritage Hall is the oldest building on the campus of Valparaiso University in the U.S. state of Indiana. . Builit in 1875 by John Flint, it was used as a residence hall for men.[2] In 1878, a fire destroyed the third floor, The building was purchased by Richard Aaron Heritage, remodeled into a two-story school of music.,[2] and renamed Heritage Hall. .[3] At different times throughout its history, Heritage Hall underwent numerous renovations. It was used as a dormitory, barracks (during World War I), a machinery classroom, and finally a library when Valparaiso University was bought by the Lutheran University Association in 1925. In 1959, the new Moellering Library had been completed and the building was converted to classrooms and offices. Heritage Hall was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Today, Heritage Hall is part of the Valparaiso University School of Law and houses the Valparaiso University Law Clinic, which provides free legal services to qualifying members of the community. The Dean of Valparaiso University School of Law, Jay Conison, has announced, however, that the addition attached to Heritage Hall, formerly the University Mail Center, is to be demolished during the summer of 2009.[4][A new addition to Heritage Hall, known as the Lawyering Skills Center, will be built in its place. The University's Law Clinic will operate from this new facility, and the building will host other activities focused upon practical skill-building for law students. The construction of this new building was made possible by a generous $4 million donation.[4]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Flame of Faith, Lamp of Learning, A History of Valparaiso University; Richard Baepler; Concordia Publishing House; St. Louis, Missouri; 2001; pg 47, 48
  3. ^ City of Valparaiso, A Pictorial History; George E. Neeley; G. Bradley Publishing, Inc.; St. Louis, Missouri; 1989; pg 60
  4. ^ a b Burns, Bob. "Valparaiso University traces Heritage back to 19th century blaze." Post-Tribune 30 May 2006: B2


  • Burns, Bob. "Valparaiso University traces Heritage back to 19th century blaze." Post-Tribune 30 May 2006: B2.