Celebrate the transformation of Lynn Hall

Hanover College will celebrate the legacy, transformation and future of one of its historic buildings during the Lynn Hall Closing Ceremony Dinner and Reunion. The special event will be held in Lynn Hall, Friday, May 10.

Lynn Hall, the centerpiece of Hanover’s athletic program from 1947 to 1995, will be renovated in the coming months. The building will transform from its current configuration into a modern student housing, classroom and office facility which blends into campus architecture with a nod to its past.

The Lynn Hall Closing Ceremony Dinner and Reunion begins at 5:15 p.m. with a ground-breaking ceremony. A reception will start at 6:15 p.m. and a buffet dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The evening will conclude with an opportunity for guests to share memories during an open-microphone session.

Attendees are encouraged to bring mementos and artifacts from Lynn Hall to inspire memories, tales and anecdotes from its history. These items may also be auctioned during the event with proceeds to support the outdoor athletics initiative.

Designed in the early 1940s by renowned international architect, Jens Frederick Larson, Lynn Hall has been the home of Hanover’s basketball, wrestling and volleyball programs, as well as intramural sports, campus events and celebrations, and even graduation ceremonies.

In its early years, the facility also included The Soda Bowl, with a bowling alley, an adjoining food bar, billiards, ping-pong and card games.

Named for Charles L. Lynn, past chairman of the College’s Board of Trustees, the building still contains its 92x108-foot, maple-floored gymnasium and permanent bleachers. Both elements will be featured in the new construction.

For event information, a brochure and registration form are available here, online registration is available here, or contact alumni@hanover.edu. The deadline for reservations is Friday, May 3.