Kenrick Hall: A Fond Farewell

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The CBU Community of alumni, faculty, staff, and students came together on May 23 for a picnic and a rousing second line funeral march led by the CBHS Band to celebrate and bid a fond farewell to Kendrick Hall, the first building constructed on the Parkway campus 75 years ago. Celebrants were allowed a final tour of the building, which is currently being demolished to make way for the new Rosa Deal of Arts building (see above). Many took away items from the classrooms, attic, and open lockers as keepsakes. (More photos are available at the CBU Flickr site >>)

Many items and architectural features have been salvaged and will be repurposed. Craftsman and arborist Terran Arwood of Woodland Tree Service is collecting the building’s wood materials, as well as two large tulip poplar trees that were removed from the front of the building, to recycle into furniture and keepsakes. These will be made available later online to alumni and others who wish to purchase their own little piece of Kendrick Hall.


The building’s iconic cupola was painstakingly removed and preserved on June 15 by Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc., who managed to support and lift the large copper structure from the Kendrick roof in one piece. Also removed and saved were two large concrete crosses from the roof, a large concrete Signum Fidei crest from the front facade, and the building’s cornerstone.

The Kenrick Memory Project is a collaborative public history project to preserve the history of one of CBU’s oldest buildings and to help build the community culture of CBU. Many of CBU’s stakeholders have vivid memories of their time in Kenrick Hall, and this multimedia project hopes to preserve those memories and the artifacts associated with them and to present them to the current and future CBU community. This project has multiple components. The project team is interested in collecting as many individual memories related to Kenrick as possible. Alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, and current students are invited to add to the project by visiting www.kenrickmemoryproject.org.