List of Lehigh University buildings
Lehigh University has many buildings, old and new, on its three campuses. When the university was founded in 1865, it took over several buildings from the surrounding property. One which remains today is Christmas Hall, now part of Christmas-Saucon Hall.
|CU||Chandler Ullmann Bldg|
|RB||Rauch Business Center|
|XS||Christmas Saucon Hall|
|ZA||Zoellner Arts Center|
- 1 Asa Packer Campus
- 1.1 Alumni Memorial Building (1925)
- 1.2 Brodhead House (1979)
- 1.3 Campus Square (2002)
- 1.4 Centennial Complex (1965, 1971)
- 1.5 Chandler-Ullmann Hall (1883, 1938)
- 1.6 Christmas-Saucon Hall (1866, 1872)
- 1.7 Coppee Hall (1883)
- 1.8 Coxe Hall (1910)
- 1.9 Drown Hall (1908)
- 1.10 E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library and Computing Center (1969, 1985)
- 1.11 Fritz Engineering Laboratory (1910, 1955)
- 1.12 Grace Hall / Caruso Wrestling Complex (1942, 2013)
- 1.13 Harold S. Mohler Laboratory
- 1.14 Johnson Hall
- 1.15 Lamberton Hall (1941)
- 1.16 Lewis Laboratory (1895)
- 1.17 Linderman Library (1877)
- 1.18 Maginnes Hall (1971)
- 1.19 McClintic-Marshall House (1957)
- 1.20 Neville Hall
- 1.21 Packard Laboratory (1929)
- 1.22 Packer Memorial Church (1887)
- 1.23 Packer Hall, the University Center (1868)
- 1.24 The Quad (1938-1948)
- 1.25 Rathbone Hall (1972)
- 1.26 Rauch Business Center (1990)
- 1.27 Sayre Park (1997)
- 1.28 Seeley G. Mudd Building
- 1.29 Sinclair Laboratory
- 1.30 STEPS Building (2010)
- 1.31 Taylor House (1907)
- 1.32 Taylor Gymnasium (1907)
- 1.33 Taylor Stadium (1914-1987)
- 1.34 Trembley Park
- 1.35 Whitaker Laboratory (1960)
- 1.36 Wilbur Powerhouse
- 1.37 Williams Hall (1904)
- 1.38 Zoellner Arts Center (1997)
- 2 Mountaintop Campus
- 3 Murray H. Goodman Campus
- 4 Notes
Asa Packer Campus
The original campus contains most of Lehigh's academic and residential buildings and sits on the north slope of South Mountain overlooking Bethlehem's Southside. It has expanded many times during Lehigh's history as surrounding land has been purchased and as existing buildings around the campus have been acquired and converted. During recent years, intense work has been done on this campus. This has included the construction, expansion, or renovation of several buildings and significant improvements in traffic flow and pedestrian areas.
Alumni Memorial Building (1925)
The Alumni Memorial Building is a Gothic building near the center of campus, housing the Visitor Center, the Office of Admissions, and the Alumni Association. The building is a memorial to the 1,921 Lehigh alumni who served in World War I and the 46 who died. Plaques commemorating those who served in subsequent wars are situated in the lobby. The building was designed by Lehigh alumni Theodore G. Visscher and James Lindsey Burley.
Brodhead House (1979)
Brodhead is an air-conditioned six-story high-rise building with an elevator. These four person suites house 194 second-year students and students living in two themes of the Upper Class Experience Residential Communities. Each suite has two double bedrooms or one double and two single bedrooms, and all suites have a furnished common area and a private bathroom.
Campus Square (2002)
A relatively new complex of buildings on the northern edge, Campus Square consists of apartment style undergraduate housing, the university bookstore, retail space, and a parking garage. Its architecture reflects some changing attitudes towards southside Bethlehem by breaking the tradition of creating a visual wall between the campus and city and instead incorporating a plaza that opens out to the city along the New Street corridor.
Centennial Complex (1965, 1971)
The six "Upper Centennials" (Congdon, Emery, Leavitt, McConn, Smiley and Thornburg) were built in 1965 for the university's 100th anniversary. They were originally 44 man upperclass residences, which selectively recruited rising freshman to join them. The Centennials competed in intramurals, had social dues and parties, elected officers and had a similar structure to the Greek fraternities. They proved so popular that construction of six more was started in 1969 (the "Lower Centennials"). However, the introduction of co-education resulted in three of the new ones becoming Lehigh's first female residences in 1971 and the remaining three becoming non-selective men's residences.
Chandler-Ullmann Hall (1883, 1938)
These adjoining buildings formerly were the William H Chandler Chemistry Building (1883) and the Harry M. Ullmann Chemistry Laboratory (1938). William Chandler was appointmented as professor of chemistry in 1871 and retired in 1905; during this time he guided the department and gained a national reputation for his work. The building was home to the Department of Chemistry until it moved into the new Seeley G. Mudd Building in 1976; currently the Department of Art, Architecture and Design and the Department of Psychology are located in Chandler-Ullmann. The structure is considered by some architectural historians to be the first "modern" laboratory because of its system of ventilation and the design of its laboratories. The building, which won a prize for design at the Paris Exposition of 1889, was designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society in 1994.
Christmas-Saucon Hall (1866, 1872)
Originally a church, Christmas Hall is the oldest structure on the Lehigh University campus and pre-dates the founding of the University. The first classes were held here on September 3, 1866. The building served as a chapel, classrooms, and dorms during the university's early years. In 1872 Saucon Hall was built a few feet to the east of Christmas Hall and the two structures were connected by a hyphen in 1927. It is now home to the Mathematics Department.
Coppee Hall (1883)
Originally home to the Gymnasium, it featured a bowling alley on its ground floor and gymnasium space on the second floor. With the opening of Taylor Gym in 1914, Coppee Hall became the new home of the College of Arts and Sciences which now resides in Maginnes Hall. Renovated in spring 2003 it houses the Department of Journalism and Communication. It is constructed of Potsdam sandstone, with facings in stone of a lighter hue. It was planned by Addison Hutton, architect, of Philadelphia, valuable assistance in the elaboration of the details being rendered by Dr. Sargent of Cambridge. The building was named in honor of Lehigh's first president and professor of the arts, Henry Coppée.
Coxe Hall (1910)
Named after Eckley Brinton Coxe, it was originally a mining laboratory. The construction was funded by his wife Sophia Coxe. The building completed massive renovations in 2004 and was turned into the Baer International Center, housing the ESL Department, the Global Union, and the Study Abroad offices.
Drown Hall (1908)
Originally the student center and later home of the business school before the creation of Rauch Business Center, Drown Hall is now the home of the English Department. It also has a student Writing and Math help center on the first floor. It was named after university president Thomas Messinger Drown.
E.W. Fairchild-Martindale Library and Computing Center (1969, 1985)
A high technology edifice near the Campus Square, is of modern design and houses science and engineering collections, the Media Center, library and technology services staff, a computer center, and the Digital Media Studio. The original part of the library, now FM-South, was constructed in 1969 as the Mart Science and Engineering Library, named after Leon T. Mart, Thomas L. Mart, and Clara W. Mart. An addition that more than doubled the size of the library was completed in 1985 and the library was renamed after Harry T. Martindale, a Lehigh alumni, and his wife, Elizabeth, daughter of the late Edmund W. Fairchild, founder of a business-publications and communications empire. The center contains the university's research computing clusters.
Fritz Engineering Laboratory (1910, 1955)
The Fritz Engineering Laboratory, originally opened in 1910 and refurbished in the 1955, is named after John Fritz. Opened in June 1910, the Fritz Engineering Laboratory symbolized Lehigh’s dedication to an excellent engineering education. The original Fritz Engineering Laboratory included many state-of-the-art testing machines, including the 800,000-pound Riehle universal testing machine which was used to test many bridge components including pieces of the George Washington Bridge, the infamous Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and structural pieces used in the Panama Canal and Golden Gate Bridge. Steel for the Golden Gate Bridge was manufactured in Bethlehem, tested at Lehigh University, and then shipped away to be assembled and constructed. In 1953 a groundbreaking ceremony was held for a seven story addition which would include a new universal testing machine. This five million pound load capacity universal testing machine built by Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton (BLH), was the largest machine of its time. The machine weighed over 450 tons and could test the tension and compression forces of structures up to 40 feet in height. Upon the reopening in 1955, Fritz Laboratory was once again a state-of-the-art testing center. The Baldwin universal testing machine, 76 feet tall including 16 feet below the test floor, was the largest test machine of its kind when it was installed. In addition to multiple testing machines, Fritz Lab also included laboratories for soil mechanics, sanitation, structural models, hydraulics, and concrete research. The lab allowed undergraduate and graduate students to study subjects such as reinforced concrete, the modeling of dams, and the strength of novel structural materials. In 1992, the original Fritz Laboratory was named as a Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The John Fritz Engineering Laboratory also celebrated its 100th anniversary in October 2009 with a large celebration. During the three-day event, there were many speeches and activities to celebrate the legacy of John Fritz and the lab that he provided to Lehigh University. Fritz Lab, including the Riehle and BLH testing machines, are still used today by students, faculty, and researchers to test the strength of building components and gain new knowledge.
Grace Hall / Caruso Wrestling Complex (1942, 2013)
Grace Hall is home to Lehigh's nationally ranked wrestling and women's volleyball programs. The facility, known as "The Snake Pit," recently underwent a substantial renovation and re-opened in November 2003. The building's lower level, renamed Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall, seats 2,200 and is also used for intramural and club sports, concerts and lectures. The upper level housed the Ulrich Student Center, including a movie theater, post office, and the studios of WLVR. The building's upper floor was home to the ROTC and AFROTC departments from 1941–1994 and was dedicated as the Ulrich Student Center on 7 April 1995. In the summer of 2012 renovation began to eliminate Ulrich Student Center converting the space into the Caruso Wrestling Complex. The new space will house a new hall of champions, coaches offices, and training space. The post office will be relocated to Campus Square, and the community service office will be relocated to the UC. There is currently no announced plans for Subversions, the Kenner Theater, WLVR or the lost club space. It is named after Ronald J. Ulrich and Eugene Gifford Grace.
Harold S. Mohler Laboratory
Mohler Laboratory is home to the industrial and systems engineering department. The building was originally a Jewish Synagogue and the original stained glass windows can still be seen.
This administrative building is home to several University offices, including Counseling Services, Chaplain's Office, Campus Police, Health and Wellness Center, and Parking Services. Because of the slope of South Mountain, Johnson Hall is one of several buildings on Campus in which there are entrances on multiple levels. The downhill (North) entrance is two floors below the South entrance. Constructed of stone.
Lamberton Hall (1941)
The structure served as the university commons and dining room until the renovation of Packer Hall in 1958. The building honors the memory of Robert A. Lamberton, third president. The basement contained a small bore rifle range used by ROTC and the university rifle team. it most recently housed the music department until its move to the Zoellner Arts Center. In January 2006 it reopened as a late-night diner and student programming facility.
Lewis Laboratory (1895)
Lewis Lab is 235 feet (72 m) in length and 5 stories high. The building is home to the Lehigh physics department, and named after William Deming Lewis. The building was destroyed by fire in 1900 and immediately rebuilt. The fire was due to curtains catching fire near an optics experiment. Due to communication problems, adequate equipment to put out the fire did not arrive until it was too late to save much of the building. It now houses a large lecture hall on the second floor, laboratories on the first and second floors, classrooms on the third floor, offices on the fourth floor, and more classrooms and laboratories on the fifth floor. It is also home to the advanced optics lab. It is part of the Sherman Fairchild Center for the Physical Sciences, a three-part continuous building consisting of the historic Lewis Lab, the Sherman Fairchild Lab, and the auditorium and hallways (generally considered part of Lewis Lab) that serve as a connector between the two main building sections and the main entrance to the complex.
Linderman Library (1877)
Designed by Philadelphia architect Addison Hutton and built by founder Asa Packer as a memorial to his daughter, Lucy Packer Linderman. The original rotunda is surrounded except on the south by a major addition constructed in 1929 that was designed by Theodore C. Visscher and James L. Burley. The building houses more than 20,000 rare books and volumes related to the humanities and social sciences. The building was closed for extensive renovations from May 2005 until March 19, 2007 under the architects MGA Partners. The renovations added new classrooms and seminar rooms, a humanities commons, new computer technology, wired and wireless networking spaces for students working on team projects, a cafe, new climate control systems to preserve the collections and provide a comfortable environment for students, faculty and staff, and also enhanced building access and navigation for handicapped users. The renovation also opened up the top floor which had previously been closed to the public.
Maginnes Hall (1971)
The offices of the College of Arts and Sciences and several of its departments are located in Maginnes Hall. In addition to classrooms and faculty offices, Maginnes houses the International Multimedia Resource Center and its "World View Room," where students and faculty can watch domestic and international cultural and news programs on wide-screen television down-linked via satellite. The ground floor of Maginnes formerly housed the University Bookstore which was relocated to Campus Square upon its completion. The building is connected to the STEPS building via a passageway on the second floor.
McClintic-Marshall House (1957)
McClintic-Marshall House, commonly referred to as M&M, is a four story, H-shaped building composed of sandstone. This dormitory was completed in 1957 by architect Frederick Larson. The structure was built in memory of Howard H. McClintic and Charles D. Marshall who both graduated from Lehigh University as Civil Engineers in 1888.
M&M is currently a freshman-only dorm, coeducational by section. The first floor serves as the main entry-way into the building. Located on the left (A) wing is a game room/lounge area with a billiards table, ping-pong table, some sofas, and a widescreen flat-panel plasma television. The right (B) wing of the ground floor has a luggage storage room and two laundry rooms. The top three floors provide residence to about 92 students each, making a total of 276. Each floor has two sections following the A and B layout which are separated by a shared lounge/study area. The sections are referenced by the wing followed by the floor number, i.e. A2 is the A wing of the second floor. Floor numbering is G, 1, 2, 3.
This building in the chemistry complex has three auditoriums used for lectures and events. The building is named for Dr. Harvey A. Neville, president from 1961 to 1964, who was a chemist. An interesting structure which forms an integrated complex with the Mudd building to the East, it is constructed of mirror-like glass and reddish brown brick.
Packard Laboratory (1929)
Named after James Ward Packard, one of the inventors of the first Packard automobile, this building is designed in the gothic style. It currently serves as the headquarters for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Within the building are several large lecture halls, an exhibit of the first Packard automobile, and many laboratories.
Packer Memorial Church (1887)
Packer Memorial Church is an Episcopal church on campus. On Sundays, Roman-Catholic mass is usually held at 9:00 pm in the chapel. It is also available for weddings in which at least one of the parties is a Lehigh University student or alumnus. It used to be the location of the freshman convocation which is held during orientation at the beginning of each school year, however due to the growing class size, in 2007 convocation was moved to the larger Baker Auditorium in the Zoellner Arts Center.
Packer Hall, the University Center (1868)
When it was first built, it housed a chapel, classrooms, offices, drafting rooms, and dormitories. It was the first building specifically built for Lehigh University. It now houses student and faculty dining facilities, food courts, deans' offices, the military science (ROTC) department, the Women's Center, The Center for Academic Success, Office of Multicultural Affairs, The Rainbow Room (LGBTQIA Programs and Outreach), a bank office, and conference facilities.
The Quad (1938-1948)
Previously called the "Freshman Quad", the classic collegiate stone residence halls of Dravo House, Drinker House, and Richards House now house both upperclass and freshman residents. Price Hall, originally a dorm, now houses the The Sociology and Anthropology Department.
Rathbone Hall (1972)
Completed in 1972 as the upperclass dining hall for the Centennials and named after Monroe Jackson Rathbone, it is modern in appearance and seems to hang off the mountain, being built in a very steep section and having ground floor access to each of its floors. The main part of the building is one of Lehigh's dining halls, offering sweeping views of the Lehigh Valley from the dining room. The lower floors of the building house offices and service areas.
Rauch Business Center (1990)
Home of the university's College of Business and Economics, comprises 115,000 square feet (10,700 m2) of floor space on five stories and also houses the Career Services Office, and the Perella Financial Services Lab. Opened in 1990 on the site of the former Taylor Stadium. It is named after Philip Rauch.
Sayre Park (1997)
The upper half of the Packer Campus is Sayre Park, commonly called "The Hill". Originally parkland this area has now houses all Greek houses as well as the Sayre Park Residential Complex which houses 146 upperclassmen in 3 residential buildings and one common building.
Seeley G. Mudd Building
This seven-story building houses labs and resources for chemistry students, as well as the chemistry department. State-of-the-art equipment housed in this building includes an electron spectrometer for chemical analysis (ESCA), one of 10 in the world, as well as the department's unique nuclear magnetic resonance imaging facility.
Sinclair Laboratory serves one of the University's main research centers, including the Center for Optical Technologies, the International Materials Institute for Glass Forming, and an electron spectrometer for chemical analysis (ESCA), one of 10 in the world.
STEPS Building (2010)
The 135,000 square feet (12,500 m2) building on the corner of Packer Avenue and Vines Street was opened on August 2010. STEPS stands for "Science, Technology, Environment, Policy and Society," and contains classrooms and laboratories mostly for the Earth & Environmental Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Chemistry and Biology departments. STEPS is supposed to represent “science in sight” so many of the labs are open. The Open style of the building is meant to represent and foster the open discussion from the various departments in the building. It contains many "green" features, including low flush toilets, heat shields to recycle energy from fume hoods, exhaust fans, and green roof to prevent soil runoff and hold in heat/AC. Outside STEPS there is a petrified tree stone that is over 360 million years old.
Taylor House (1907)
Taylor, as the building is commonly named, is located next to the McClintic-Marshall House and across from the Trembley Park Apartments. It is shaped in a U divided into three sections. Each of these sections has lounge called either the red, blue, or green lounge. The lounges contain a small kitchen and a television set. Many of the rooms in Taylor Hall are doubles, interspersed with several singles throughout the building.
Taylor is one of the earliest concrete structures ever built. It was the gift of industrialist Andrew Carnegie in honor of his friend and associate, Lehigh trustee Charles L. Taylor, Class of 1876." In 1984 the building underwent a complete renovation.
Taylor Gymnasium (1907)
The Taylor Gymnasium is home to the Lehigh Athletics Administrative and Coaches offices. It houses the Welch Fitness Center, Basketball Courts, Swimming Pools, Studio (Multi-purpose room), Locker Rooms, Penske Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame, the Athletics Partnership, Athletic Store, and Youth Camps/Clinics Office. This building is named after Charles L. Taylor, although it sits on a street named Taylor, after the U.S. President.
Taylor Stadium (1914-1987)
Named after Charles L. Taylor, it was designed by architect Henry Hornbostel and engineer Charles W. Leavitt. It sat at the intersection of Taylor Street and Packer Avenue, and was demolished in 1987 for the construction of the Rauch Business Center and the Zollner Arts Center.
This apartment complex is located right in the middle of campus. It houses 176 upperclass students in four-person apartments that have one double and two single bedrooms, plus a kitchen, furnished living room/dining room and a private bathroom.
Whitaker Laboratory (1960)
Built in 1960 and named after Martin Dewey Whitaker, it was originally the metallurgy and chemical engineering building. The Metallurgy Department has since become the Materials Science and Engineering Department, and is now the sole department in the building. Whitaker Lab consists of two major wings, the south wing a two floor section containing three lecture halls and the main entrance to the building, and the north wing, which is five floors high and contains offices, classrooms, and labs. The two wings are connected by an elevated walkway on the third floor. It is connected to the Mudd Building by an underground tunnel on the first floor.
This 17,000 square foot facility is open to all students from across the University's various colleges, involved in three of Lehigh's most innovation multi-disciplinary programs: Integrated Product Development (IPD), Integrated Business and Engineering (IBE), and Integrated Design Arts Initiative (IDAI). The building includes a CAD and 3D virtual modeling (computer) lab, prototyping shops featuring rapid prototyping and 3D scanning equipment, teamwork areas and meeting rooms. Originally a functional powerhouse, the building also formerly housed the Wilbur Playhouse until the construction of the Zoellner Arts Center.
Williams Hall (1904)
A Beaux Arts style three-story brick structure was designed by Allentown architecture firm, Jacob Weishampel and Biggin. The building formerly contained classrooms and laboratories for the Departments of Biological Sciences and of Earth and Environmental Sciences. A Vivarium was added in 1930 designed by architects Theodore Visscher and James Burley of New York. This structure, located to the South of Williams Hall, is attached to the main building via an enclosed bridge. A fire destroyed the wood attic and third floor and in 1956 the building was remodeled including a new fourth floor. The modern facilities were available to support research in many areas including geochemistry; stable-isotope geochemistry; geochronology; paleomagnetics; seismology and high resolution geophysics; aquatic and ecosystems ecology; GIS and quantitative geomorphology; and water quality. The building is currently vacant.
Zoellner Arts Center (1997)
Zoellner Arts Center is a 105,000-square-foot (9,800 m2) arts center located on the campus of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the United States. It opened in 1997, and houses the following facilities:
- Baker Hall - a 946-seat auditorium with multi-purpose proscenium stage, suited for concerts, stage productions, ceremonies and lectures.
- Diamond Theater - a small 309-seat 3/4 thrust theater with steeply raked stadium seating suited for theatrical and small music groups.
- Black Box Theater - a smaller 125-seat theater
- A two-story art gallery
- Additional facilities including several rehearsal rooms, recording studio, dance studio, practice rooms, scene shop, costume shop, dressing rooms and green room, classrooms, music library, box office, faculty and staff offices, and three large lobbies and a 345-car parking deck attached to the building.
- It is also home to the Music and Theater Departments.
The venue has had a wide array of performers, including the New York Philharmonic and Itzhak Perlman, the Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu and Laurie Anderson, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, MOMIX, the Aquila Theatre Company, Lily Tomlin, Bernadette Peters and Queen Latifah.
The building was designed by Dagit Saylor Architects in Philadelphia, and is named after Victoria E. and Robert E. Zoellner.
Originally built as the Homer Research Labs of Bethlehem Steel, this 742-acre (3.00 km2) campus was acquired by Lehigh in 1986 and is home to the College of Education and numerous facilities for the Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Biological Sciences departments.
Iacocca Hall (1958)
Originally built as the Homer Research Labs of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation, it is also known as the tower building and houses the College of Education, the chemical engineering department, the biological sciences department, as well as a dining room and food services facilities, plus a teleconferencing classroom.
This building hosts the Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems (ATLSS) Engineering Research Center and the Energy Research Center.
Sayre Field (1966)
Located atop South Mountain, the field is used for intramural sports.
Murray H. Goodman Campus
Primarily a sports campus, it contains most of Lehigh's athletic facilities and its only on-campus graduate housing. The Goodman Campus sits on the relatively flat lands of Saucon Valley south of South Mountain and across Interstate 78 from the other two campuses. In addition to a Baseball Field, Softball Field, outdoor track, Tennis and Squash courts, it contains numerous practice fields as well as the following arenas and buildings:
Cundey Varsity House
A strength-training center for Lehigh athletic teams. It includes a 5,000-square foot weight room, locker rooms for eight sports, meeting rooms and sports medicine facilities.
Murray H. Goodman Stadium (1988)
A 16,000 capacity stadium, it features a three-tiered press box and limited chair back seating, and locker rooms for home and visiting teams. With views of South Mountain, it has been named "Best Game Atmosphere" by a Patriot League publication.
Mulvihill Golf Learning Center (2007)
Provides indoor swing analysis and putting facilities, and outdoor driving range, practice bunkers, and putting greens for developing golf skills. Lehigh's home venue for golf meets are the three highly rated courses of the nearby Saucon Valley Country Club, which has hosted six USGA tournaments including the USPGA Senior Open and the LPGA Women's US Open.
Rauch Field House (1977)
Provides indoor practice fields, an indoor running track, and locker rooms for the various teams.
Stabler Arena & Convocation Center (1979)
Ulrich Sports Complex (1999)
A dual field complex for men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, and field hockey. The complex features natural grass as well as artificial turf. Permanent seating, a press box and lighting are available.
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