The demolition of Leamer Hall began June 7. The site, which was razed as a result of liability concerns, will be smoothed over and seeded with grass by July 5, according to John Paulsen, director of plant, safety and environment.
“We are working to update our facility master plan to support the strategic plan, and I’m sure this site will be studied for future use,” Paulsen said.
The role of Leamer Hall changed from its dedication in 1953 as a residence hall for Hamma Divinity School students.
In 1978, issues raised during the energy crisis resulted in a move of the humanities departments to Leamer in what became the Margaret Sittler Ermarth Center for the Humanities.
Leamer was abandoned with the opening of Hollenbeck Hall in 2000, but Synod Hall remains and today houses the Computing Center and the department of economics.