PSU’s Mary Lyon Hall Named to N.H. Registry of Historic Places

January 31st, 2012 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H.–One of the most recognizable and beloved buildings on the Plymouth State University campus has been added to the New Hampshire State Registry of Historic Places. Mary Lyon Hall’s iconic brick face and tall white columns have held a special place in the hearts of those who lived there since it first opened in 1915. PSU Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Julie Bernier said the designation is a fitting and well-deserved tribute to the University’s oldest and best-known residence hall.

        Mary Lyon Hall

“It’s a fitting tribute to New Hampshire’s first Normal School” said Bernier.  “Mary Lyon Hall is a classic building- the perfect vision of ‘college in New England.’  I’m so pleased that the work of Linda Corriveau and the graduate faculty in Historic Preservation will result in this addition to the Registry.”

To be listed on the New Hampshire State Registry of Historic Places, a building must be “meaningful in the history, architecture, archeology, engineering or traditions of New Hampshire residents and communities.” The State Register is administered by the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, which is the state’s Historic Preservation Office.

PSU’s current Community Service Center Coordinator, Linda Corriveau, compiled the detailed application last spring for Mary Lyon’s inclusion on the State Registry as a class assignment when she was a PSU graduate student working toward a Heritage Studies degree.

“It is a great building with rich history,” said Corriveau. “So many alumni have fond memories of living there and for PSU to renovate Mary Lyon with the historical legacy in mind is amazing.”

Mary Lyon underwent a major facelift in 2006; after the completion of a year-long, $15 million renovation, Mary Lyon emerged as a model of energy efficiency while retaining its stately elegance. PSU’s former Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Tammy Hill, noted Mary Lyon is the ‘best of both worlds’.

“It’s my favorite building on campus,” said Hill. “We were able to take a building, upgrade it to meet life safety and ADA standards while installing state-of-the-art energy efficiency technologies while maintaining the architectural features that made it special to begin with,” said Hill.

When Mary Lyon was first built, the building boasted some of the newest and best residence hall features any school had to offer: fireplaces, a formal dining room, a gymnasium, laundry facilities, and – even though you had to set the pins up yourself – its own bowling alley. Now, in the age of iPods, Facebook and video games, students are still proud to call Mary Lyon their ‘home.’

In addition to residence hall space, Mary Lyon also houses space for Residential Life, the College of University Studies and Undergraduate Advising.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or