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45. Men’s Building (1911-    )

Men's Building

Men’s Building, n.d.

135 West Lorain Street

The construction of the Men’s Building was begun in 1909 and the building was completed in 1911, at a total cost of $460,000. It was the gift of an anonymous donor. The architect was Mr. J.L. Silsbee of Chicago, and the building was erected by Mr. George Feick of Sandusky. It was designed to be the center of the men’s activities of all kinds—social, religious, athletic, musical, and literary. It contains reception rooms, offices, and rooms for the Young Men’s Christian Association, athletic, trophy, and Glee Club rooms, and assembly room seating five hundred, rooms for the men’s literary societies, and dormitory accommodations for one hundred and fourteen men. In the fall of 1918 it was the headquarters of the S.A.T.C. In 1919 a men’s Commons, accommodating two hundred men for table board, was opened by the College. From 1928 to 1934 the Commons was used as a Freshman Dining Hall. In 1934 the dining room was discontinued and the space occupied by it and by the kitchen was remodeled for use as a Recreation Hall. At the present time the dormitory accommodations are reserved for Freshman men. In 1928 the assembly room was named the “King-Bosworth Room.” [Wilder Hall now houses Oberlin’s student union. The Dean of Student Life and Services, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of Chaplains, the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA), and the Experimental College (ExCo) all have offices there as well as most of the college’s 100-plus student organizations.]

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