Renovation of an 1837 Building is About to Transform a Campus

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GUND Partnership is pleased to report progress on the renovation of Bexley Hall for Kenyon College. The load-bearing masonry structure was first occupied in 1843 and served as a seminary. It will now become a 40-bed student residence hall ready for occupancy during the upcoming 2023-2024 school year.

The conversion of Bexley Hall to suite-style student housing, which GUND Partnership first proposed in a 2014 master plan for the College, marks a significant change to this building’s relationship to the overall campus. After the seminary departed in 1968, the building became home to art students and faculty, despite not being physically well-suited to that program. It also housed a variety of administrative offices in recent history. Now, unlike any other moment during its 180 years of service, students of all disciplines will occupy the building night and day, bringing Bexley wholly into the campus community.

Nestled behind Bexley Hall is Colburn Hall, a single-story connected structure built in 1904 in the same gothic revival style as Bexley, featuring an original oak-trussed ceiling and large fireplace. It was once the library for the seminary, but will become a space for music and social events governed solely by and for the students of Kenyon. GUND has opened Colburn Hall to the outside, with large floor-level windows and a new western-facing terrace.

The beautifully renovated exteriors of Bexley and Colburn Halls have been turning heads on campus, and excitement is building as we head toward completion. We congratulate Kenyon College on its impending new asset.

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