Loras Icon Sees Renovations


Sitting atop Loras Boulevard, Keane Hall overlooks not only campus, but also Dubuque. At night the old bricks are illuminated so that even across the Mississippi River, this icon of Loras College always stands tall.

Built in 1913, Keane Hall is one of the oldest buildings on campus. Originally named Loras Hall and renamed in 1939 in honor of the Most Rev. John Joseph Keane and the Most Rev. James John Keane, both former archbishops of Dubuque, the hall was a residence hall and also home to, at various times in its history, the library, bookstore, a gymnasium, chapel and bowling alley.

Since 2006, Keane Hall has been used solely for administrative offices and classrooms. The current third floor and entrance transformation will expand Keane’s future use.

The third floor is receiving a massive renovation to create space for Loras College’s Center for Business Analytics. Now, the floor will be home to flexible and modern spaces that include classrooms, meeting and seminar rooms, a lounge and seven faculty offices. Old walls have been torn down, and new flooring and ceilings have been installed, as well as air conditioning, wiring, LED fixtures, furniture and interactive whiteboard technology.

Upon the completion of the third floor, the next phase focuses on the Keane Hall entrance. Plans include removing the steps leading into Keane, making the building handicapped accessible.

The renovations to the third floor and the entrance are being made possible through the generous support of a number of donors. Lead gifts include a $750,000 challenge gift from William T. (’64 ) and Kathleen Lynch, and gifts from Jim (’56) and Marita Theisen and Thomas (’57) and Harriet Onan. The project also received two $30,000 grants from the McDonough Foundation of Dubuque.

To continue to make efficient, usable space out of this Loras landmark, more funds are needed. Naming opportunities are available.

If you would like to help make an impact, please contact Josh Boots (’04), associate vice president for institutional advancement, at 563.588.7329 or joshua.boots@loras.edu.

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