Wilder Hall (Student Union)
The face of Wilder Hall that looks out over Wilder Bowl. Photo credit: Kevin Reeves

135 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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Wilder Hall Student Union serves as a gathering place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. Originally a residence hall for about 65 men, the building was completed in 1911 with funding from an anonymous donor, who was later identified as Herbert Wilder, a Boston paper manufacturer. It also had a dining room, billiard room, bowling alley, library, a reception room for women students, a barbershop, and other spaces for meetings and assembly. The broad terrace flanking the main entry was designed for rallies and songfests.

While no longer a residence hall, Wilder Hall today offers several community meeting rooms, office space for student organizations, a student lounge, a performance venue, a cafe and market, and houses the Multicultural Resource Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, Wilder Information Desk, and the Student Mailroom. The lower level of the Student Union features two informal dining facilities and a student-run performance and dance venue.

 

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