This month in history: December

Exterior of Science Hall circa 1912Science Hall completed

December 1912


Although it was the fourth building to pierce the skyline on the University Park campus — already home to University Hall, Chamberlin Observatory, and the Carnegie Library — Science Hall was the first University of Denver edifice devoted exclusively to the study of science. Chancellor Henry Buchtel initiated the drive that secured $100,000 for construction of the building, and Andrew Carnegie outfitted Science Hall with $5,000 worth of the latest scientific equipment. Science Hall was completed in December 1912. But after 84 years of use, the building required extensive renovations and could no longer accommodate DU’s growing number of chemistry and biology students. It was demolished in 1996 and a new science building, Olin Hall, opened for classes in 1997. All DU science buildings are now situated on the south end of campus; Science Hall’s former location between Penrose Library and Driscoll University Center is now campus green space.

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