PSU Celebrates Mary Lyon Residence Hall Reopening Oct. 12

October 4th, 2007 by Adam

Plymouth State University’s historic Mary Lyon Hall is the backdrop for countless memories from thousands of Plymouth State alumni who called it home while away at college. Whether they were students at Plymouth Normal School, Teachers College, State College or Plymouth State University, Mary Lyon’s iconic brick face and tall white columns hold a special place in the hearts of those who lived there.

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After the completion of a year-long, $15 million renovation, Mary Lyon is ready for a new chapter and new memories. The project is the first complete renovation since it was built in 1915. Then, 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. Nearly one hundred years later, the renovation maintains the residence hall’s stately elegance, while modernizing its inner and outer structures.
The improvements include new plumbing system,including bathroom reconstructions and sprinkler systems,energy-efficient windows,new heating and ventilation systems,renovated electrical systems,new energy-efficient roof,upgraded fire alarm and control systems,elevator added to building and west entrance reconstructed for accessibility.

Mary Lyon also features new office space for Residential Life, the College of University Studies, and Undergraduate Advising.

The Grand Reopening ceremony will be held Friday, Oct. 12, beginning with building tours from 1-4 p.m. The formal reopening ceremony starts at 2 p.m., with a reception following at 2:30 p.m.

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