Walsh Hall (University of Notre Dame)

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Walsh Hall
Residence hall
Arms of Walsh.svg
Campus quad Main (God) Quad
Motto Be Strong.Be Free.Be WILD.
Established 1909 (men), 1972 (women)
Named for Fr. Thomas Walsh, CSC
Colors Dark Blue and Light Blue          
Gender Female
Rector Liz Detwiler, M.Div
Undergraduates 189
Chapel Chapel of the Visitation
Mascot Wild Women
Major events

Mr. ND Pageant and Pie Your President

Walsh Hall
Walsh Hall (University of Notre Dame) is located in Indiana
Walsh Hall (University of Notre Dame)
Location Notre Dame, Indiana
Coordinates 41°42′8.2764″N 86°14′17.4516″W / 41.702299000°N 86.238181000°W / 41.702299000; -86.238181000Coordinates: 41°42′8.2764″N 86°14′17.4516″W / 41.702299000°N 86.238181000°W / 41.702299000; -86.238181000
Built 1909 [1]
Architect William J. Brinkman
Architectural style Collegiate Gothic
Part of University of Notre Dame: Main and North Quadrangles (#78000053)
Added to NRHP May 23, 1978
Website walshnd.weebly.com

Walsh Hall is one of the 29 residence halls on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Walsh is located on Main ("God") Quad, directly south of Sorin Hall and is directly north of the Knights of Columbus Building. It was built in 1909 and the architect was William J. Brinkmann.[2] Together with other building on the Main Quad of Notre Dame, on the National Register of Historic Places.[3][4] The coat of arms is taken from the Walsh family.


Walsh Hall was constructed as a male dorm in 1909 and named in honor of the former president Fr. Thomas Walsh.[5] Rev Thomas E. Walsh C.S.C created Notre Dame’s first football team in 1887 and was only 28 when he was chosen by Rev, Edward Sorin to be appointed the sixth president of Notre Dame. Walsh expanded the University's curriculum and raised its academic standards. In the 1960s the basement was home to the Knights of Columbus at Notre Dame, before the Knights of Columbus building was built. In 1967 the hall’s rector Father Dan O’Neil, made Walsh into a “stay-hall,” where students could live all four years if they so chose. This eventually became the standard model at Notre Dame.

Walsh Hall

When women were first admitted into the university in 1972, Walsh as well as Badin Hall were converted to female halls. Walsh's recently renovated chapel is dedicated to the Visitation.

In 2016 it was announced that the residents of Walsh Hall would transfer to the Pangborn Hall building for the 2016-2017 year while Walsh Hall underwent renovations. [6] The move was met with mixed responses, with some citicism. [7] Teh renovation includes expanded rooms, new piping and plumbing, lounges, full kitchens, new elevators and restrooms.[8]

Walsh Hall front on Main Quad

Honors and Awards[edit]

In 2011, Walsh was awarded with "Best Freshmen Orientation Program" and "Women's Hall of the Year." 2012 saw Walsh claim the championship in Interhall Lacrosse and in the Dorm Energy Competition. In 2013, Walsh took trips to the Interhall Championships for both Flag Football and Lacrosse, won Brother-Sister Hall of the year, and broke a record at Washington Hall for highest attendance at a student event with the Mr. ND Pageant. In 2014-2015, the Wild Women were recognized for creating the Best New Event for "Pie Your President," the Best Diversity Event for the "I AM WILD" Photo Campaign, and "Brother-Sister Dorm of the Year" with Dillon Hall (again). Walsh rounded out the year by winning the Interhall Lacrosse Championship and garnering the much coveted "Hall of the Year" award bestowed by the Hall President's Council.

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