Buildings and Landmarks

1854
Old Main, originally constructed as The Academy Building, served as the administration offices, classrooms, dining hall, library, dormitory and chapel. The original building was built in 1854 with many additions over the years. Chapel and additional story to tower built with a new 1000-pound bell hung in tower in 1875. The Chapel was dedicated 8 April 1875. In 1892 extension of 65 feet to wing of ladies’ building authorized. Installation of stained glass windows was begun in 1905. In 1965 the college began the razing of Old Main to make way for a new library. A memory book was put together entitled A Landmark Falls.

1867

Soldiers Monument

Soldiers’ Monument erected. The first yearbook (1899) had a page dedicated to Soldiers’ Monument

1888
FountainFountains purchased for front lawn from C. Hitzeroth, Philadelphia

1890
Gymnasium 1890Dutcher Hall served as the first gymnasium and later as the student union (the “Rat”). It was begun in July 1890 and a full description was shared in the November 1890 Normal Journal. In 1974 it was rededicated and named for Dean Dutcher (1927-1952), professor of social studies, chairman of the Social Studies Department, and a developer of the college testing program.  In 2006, Dutcher Hall is renovated and explanded.

 

1891
Purchased the brickyard plot on the north side of campus, today this is the site of the campus lake and Biemesderfer Executive Center;

1894
Lake in 1895Lake created on campus

1895
Library 1893Biemesderfer Executive Center was originally built as the college library. Plans for the new building were published in the November 1891 Normal Journal. This building served the campus community without electricity until 1922. With the building of Ganser Library in 1965 the “old” library was used as the temporary union building before being renovated and rededicated as Biemesderfer Executive Center. It was named for President D. Luke Biemesderfer (1943-1965) and his wife, Elva, both 1917 graduates of the normal school. Today it houses the offices of the top administration on campus as well as the H. Edgar Sherts Board Room, named for an 1896 graduate and prominent member of the Board of Trustees (1910-1936);

1897
Science Hall 1897The Science Building sat next to the lake and housed the classrooms for the teaching of the sciences. A drawing of the building was published in the November 1895 Normal Journal. In 1956 the Science building was renovated and renamed Industrial Arts Building. In 1962 the building was razed.

1900
Model School 1907Charles and Mary Hash Building was built as the Model School to serve pupils of the community as well as the students of the normal school for practice teaching. Plans for the new Model were announced in the November 1899 Normal Journal. The building opened for use in the Fall of 1901. In 1921 the Training School library opened. In 1968 it was rededicated as Myers Hall,named for Carrie E. Myers (1885-1923), an 1884 graduate of the normal school who joined the faculty of the Model School and became its superintendent. In 1996 this building underwent major renovations and was dedicated as the Charles and Mary Hash Building. Along with Bassler Hall these buildings are known as the Velma A. Dilworth McCollough and Clair R. McCollough Communications Complex and Broadcast Studio.

1925
Wallich property, now northwestern section of the campus, purchased

1929
The Susan P. Luek Hall, formerly known as Byerly Hall originally served as the junior high school building for the community and laboratory school of the college. The building was named for Andrew R. Byerly (1858-1912), an 1855 graduate of the normal school and member of the English faculty.  In 2017 it was renamed the Susan P. Luek Hall in honor of the lifetime support of the professor of psychology at Millersville University.

 

1930
Tanger House was built in 1930 and was known as President’s House until it’s rededication in 1999. It was designed by C. Emlen Urban and has served as the home of the president since its original dedication. Landis Tanger was the first president to live in the house.

1938
MVS_PHOTO_CB_BR_1945_001_002Brooks Hall was the college’s second gymnasium and served as headquarters for women’s sports until the closing of the building in 2017. Dr. Edward Brooks (1885-1883) was a teacher of mathematics and third principal of the normal school;

Wickersham Hall was the principal classroom building for a number of years. James Pyle Wickersham (1855-1866) was one of the founders of the normal school and served as its second Principal;

Boyer Computer Center was originally built as the Boiler House. It was rededicated in 1979 as Boyer Computer Center and was named for Lee E. Boyer (1934-1957), a professor of mathematics and head of the department.

1953
Lyle Hall served as a woman’s dormitory and now houses administrative offices. Anna Lyle (1873-1919), an 1866 graduate of the normal school, was a teacher of elocution and history;

Lehigh Hall, formerly known as Gilbert Hall  until 2017 and as Roddy Hall until 1964. It was originally named for H. Justin Roddy and was a men’s dormitory. It was rededicated in 1964 and named for Sarah Hughes Gilbert (1881-1912), an 1877 and 1879 graduate of the normal school, who taught mathematics and, later, literature and elocution. With the re-dedication in 1964 it became a women’s dormitory. With the naming of Building A in the West Village as Gilbert Hall, this building was renamed Lehigh Hall;

Lyte Auditorium is a site of major cultural activities on campus and classes in music and other subjects. Eliphalet Oram Lyte (1868-1912) was a 1868 and 1876 graduate of the normal school. He taught rhetoric, bookkeeping, pedagogy, and grammar before becoming Principal in 1887.  In 1998 it was renovated and renamed Alumni Hall and Lyte Auditorium.  The building underwent a major renovation and expansion in 2010-2012. In the Spring of 2012 is was announced the building would rededicated as the Dr. Charles R. and Mrs. Anita B. Winter Center.

1960
Bard Hall, a men’s dormitory, was named for Judge Guy Kurtz Bard (1915), a 1913 and 1914 graduate of the normal school who taught mathematics and school management before serving as a public school teacher, an administrator, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Normal School. In the 1930s he served as President of the Board of Trustees for four years. In 1939 he was appointed to a federal court position by Franklin D. Roosevelt;

Osburn Hall, was named for Burl Ness Osburn (1932-1962), a professor of Industrial Arts and head of the department. He brought national and state recognition of Millersville’s department of Industrial Arts and wrote five books on industrial arts. In 2002 the building underwent major renovations and was expanded. It houses the Industry and Technology Department and the Eshelman Wood Laboratory, named for Paul W. Eshelman (1947-1972) a professor of industrial arts.

1961
Bassler Hall, built as an extension of Myers Hall to house the Geography Department, was named for Henry M. Bassler (1926-1957), Assistant Professor and Chairman of the Geography Department. He was the first active professor to have a professional society name for him, the Bassler Geographic Society. It underwent major renovations in 1996 and is now a part of the Velma A. Dilworth McCollough and Clair R. McCollough Communications Complex and Broadcast Studio;

Gerhart Hall was named for Arthur R. Gerhart (1928-1955), who taught botany and biology and was Chairman of the Department of Natural Sciences.

1963
Dilworth Administration Building was named for Homer Dilworth (1912-1941), English professor and Chairman of the English Department. He also served as Vice-Principal. In 1927 he was named the first Dean of Instruction and remained in this position until his retirement;

1964
Roddy Science Center, the home of the Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences and Physics Departments and of offices of the Dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, was named for H. Justin Roddy (1887-1926), an 1881 and 1896 graduate of the normal school, who taught geography and geology and was of the Science Department. The building also houses the Engle Physics Laboratory, named for Daniel G. Engle (1955-1974), a professor of physics. In 1997 the building underwent major renovations and expansion and is now a wing of the Science and Technology Building. Caputo Hall, named for Joseph A. Caputo (1983-2003), president of Millersville University, was added in 1997. In 2005 Roddy Hall, Caputo Hall, Brossman Hall and Nichols House were rededicated as the Dr. James P. and Tasia K. Argires Science Complex in honor of Dr. Argires, a well-known neurosurgeon in Lancaster, and his wife whose gift funded the complete renovation of Roddy Hall.

Harbold Hall, a dormitory for both men and women, was named for Peter M. Harbold (1905-1908, 1912-1918), an 1898 and 1899 honor graduate of the normal school who served as Superintendent of the Model School and later as Principal. In 2015 Harbold Hall was demolished to make way for the new dorm suites;

Diehm Hall, a dormitory for both men and women, was named for G. Graybill Diehm, prominent in Lancaster County and Commonwealth politics for forty years. He held various elected offices including seats in both houses of the state legislature. In 2015 Diehm Hall was demolished to make way for the new dorm suites;

Stayer Hall was originally known as Landes Hall, a dormitory for both men and women and named for Amanda Landes (1885-1920), the valedictorian of the class of 1885, who joined the faculty upon graduation and became head of the Reading and Elocution Department. In 2008 Landes Hall was renovated for classroom use for the School of Education and rededicated at Stayer Hall, the first green building on campus.

1965
Hull Hall, a dormitory for men, also contains offices for the Deans of Resident Life. It was named for George W. Hull (1875-1921), an 1874 graduate of the normal school, teacher of mathematics, and head of the Math Department; Faculty Senate and Student Senate organized. In 2014 Hull Hall was demolished to make way for the new dorm suites.

The Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum was originally known as Ganser Library. The college library, was formally announced in 1965 and officially opened with a bookwalk in 1967. It was named for Helen A. Ganser (1911-1952), librarian and head of the Library Science Department. Also located in the building is the Esther Risser Whitely Room, a reading room for Special Collections, named for Esther Risser Whitely (1952-1972), reference librarian and the Doris Keller Hosler Classroom, named for Doris Keller Hosler (1968-1988) who began the bibliographical instruction program.  In 2011-2013 the library underwent a major renovation and in October 2013 was rededicated as the Francine G. McNairy Library and Learning Forum with the tower being known as Ganser Hall.  In 2017 the Writing Center consolidated it two sites,  opening on the first floor of the Library.  The grand opening was held in September,

1966
Gordinier Dining Hall contains several dining rooms, kitchen, offices for the food services staff and a student post office. It was named for Charles H. Gordinier (1911-1929), head of the Classical Languages Department and later Principal of the normal school and first President of the College.  It was renovated and expanded in 1987-1988 with the new Conference Center opening in 1988, named for Board of Trustees President, William H. Bolger.  Over the years, the dining facility has undergone numerous updates.  In 2016 the building was renovated and expanded with a new entrance facing the new dorm suites.

1967
Witmer Infirmary, the college medical facility, was named for Dr. C. Howard Witmer, a 1902, 1904 and 1905 graduate of the Normal School and prominent physician in Lancaster County;

Hobbs Hall a dormitory was originally named Tanger Hall for Landis Tanger (1929-1943), President of the College. In 1999 it was rededicated as Hobbs Hall, named for L.M. Hobbs (1854-1858), a teacher and one of the founders of the academy. He served as the first steward of the school.  In 2014 Hobbs Hall was demolished to make way for the new dorm suites.

The Alumni House at 205 North George Street was purchased by the Alumni Association.  The house had been built in 1915 and prior to being purchased by the Association, it had been the home of Clyde V. Musselman (Class of 1928).  In 1983, the house was donated to the University by the Alumni Association. In 1990-91 it was renovated and expanded. On 28 October 1995 it was rededicated as The Duncan Alumni House, honoring Dr. William and Alma Duncan.

1968
Bishop Service Building, named for John F. Bishop (1929-1957), Superintendent of grounds and buildings, houses the offices of the Grounds Department and vehicular garage and storage area;

1969
Jefferson Hall was originally dedicated as Stayer Research and Learning Center, for Samuel B. Stayer (1916-1953), a 1913 and 1914 graduate of the normal school who taught mathematics, was Dean of Men, Director of the Training School, and head of the Education and Psychology Department. In 1991 the name was changed to Stayer Education Center and in 2008, the building was renamed Jefferson Hall.

1970
McComsey Hall was named for Sanders P. McComsey (1927-1955), a graduate of the college, professor of English and Dean of Instruction, and co-author of the Alma Mater of the college. It underwent major renovations and expansion in 2002 and again in 2010;

Stine Student Services Building, was named for Clyde S. Stine (1946-1968), Dean of Men and pioneer in student services at the college;

Biemesderfer Stadium, was named for D. Luke Biemesderfer (1943-1965), a 1917 graduate and President of the College.  In 2005 the stadium was completed renovated and in October it was rededicated as Christ Field at Biemesderfer Stadium.

1971
Student Memorial Center, houses a variety of rooms for activities for students and others as well as offices for student organizations. It was named for all students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have served in the armed services of the United States. It has been renovated and expanded twice.

Pucillo Gymnasium, is a multipurpose indoor athletics building named for John A. Pucillo (1925-1957), professor and Director of Health and Physical Education, coach, and Director of Athletics;

Palmer Building, named for A.H. Palmer (1912-1933), Superintendent of Grounds and Buildings, houses the Office of Physical Plant, receiving room for college deliveries, service department, and general storage.

1972
Burrowes Hall, a dormitory for men, was named for Thomas Henry Burrowes, one of the founders of the normal school and a leader in the establishment of public education in the Commonwealth.  In 2014 Burrowes Hall is demolished to make way for the new dorm suites.

1973
Lenhardt Hall, a dormitory for women, was named for Esther Lenhardt (1920-1966), a 1910 graduate of the normal school and professor of English and speech, later Alumni Secretary, and co-author of the Alma Mater of the college. In 2014 Lenhardt Hall was demolished to make way for the new dorm suites.

Gaige Hall, a dormitory for both men and women, was named for Frederick Hughes Gaige (1918-1939), Director of the Training School and a professor of social sciences.  In the fall of 2016 Gaige Hall was demolished.

1974
Breidenstine Hall houses the Art Department was named for Aaron G. Breidenstine (1955-1966), Dean of Instruction. It also houses the Swift Gallery named for Margaret Swift (1927-1958), a professor of art education, and the Sykes Gallery, named for Ronald E. Sykes (1956-1998), a professor of art and chairman of the department;

1980
Alumni Bell Court, including tower to house the 1875 bell from Old Main, completed

1994                                                                                                                       Brossman Hall, built in 1994 is part of The James P. and Tasia K. Argires Science Comple.  It houses faculty offices, a classroom, a computer laboratory and laboratory space for oceanography and geology.

2005                                                                                                                              Shenks Hall, a new dorm is completed.

2006                                                                                                                                     The Inn at Millersville is converted into student housing and renamed Reighard Hall.

2007                                                                                                                       Marauder Park, the new baseball stadium opened. It is located near Jefferson Hall.  In April 2013, it was renamed Cooper Park in honor of former Marauder baseball player Bennet J. Cooper (Class of 1967) and is known as “The Coop.”

2010                                                                                                                         Purchase of 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster.  In September 2011 it is rededicated as The Ware Center, honoring Paul W. and Judy S. Ware.

2014                                                                                                                                    New Housing suites begun.  South Village was the first to be completed.  The halls were named Hobbs Hall, Lenhardt Hall, Burrowes Hall and Harbold Hall.  Hobbs and Lenhardt are on the east side and Burrowes and Harbold on the west.

2015                                                                                                                                    2015-07_Exterior_01East Village suites opened to the students.  The halls were named Diehm Hall and Hull Hall.  Diehm is on the north side and Hull on the south.

2016                                                                                                                                  West Village suites opened to the students.  The halls were named Landes Hall and Gilbert Hall.  Landes is on the north side and Gilbert on the south.

2017                                                                                                                             Ground was broken for the net-zero energy Samuel N. and Dena M. Lombardo Welcome Center.

 

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