Monday, October 19, 2015

Behind the Facade: Keating Hall

By far the most recognizable building of Fordham, and one of the most beloved, Keating Hall has been a symbol of Fordham since its construction. It was even ranked 12th on a Buzzfeed list of most Instagram worthy campus buildings. But what exactly is Keating Hall used for, and what is the story behind it?

Keating Hall was first opened in 1936 and is named for Fr. Joseph Keating, S.J. who was treasurer of Fordham from 1910-1948. As he was successful in keeping Fordham University financially afloat during WW1, the Great Depression, and WW2, it is fitting that he is honored on our campus.

Keating Hall, photographed a few years after its completion.

 The building was constructed in the Gothic Revival style, which was a very popular style among colleges and universities throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s. From its gothic archways, ribbed vaulting, and stain glass windows, the influence of this style is clearly visible throughout the structure. It’s an incredibly beautiful building and it was even ranked 12th on a Buzzfeed list of most Instagram worthy campus buildings. Included on the fa├žade of the building are different seals of Jesuit High Schools and Universities across the country. Several alumni of many of these Jesuit High Schools end up going to Fordham! And of course, the building contains the iconic Keating Bell Tower, which chimes can be heard every hour.

Today, the hall is used for many different purposes. Its’s main focus is classrooms, with its three fours and basement used almost entirely for this purpose. Almost all subjects meet in Keating Hall for class, such as English, History, Philosophy, and Theology. Even some business classes through the Gabelli School of Business are held in Keating.

Beyond just classrooms, Keating Hall also contains two auditoriums, with the Keating First Auditorium being one of the largest on campus. In the basement is a lounge area that also feature a small eatery to purchase drinks and snacks. The basement lounge is popular hangout spot for commuters between classes. Also contained in the basement is WFUV, which is Fordham’s student run, NPR-affiliated radio station. Additionally, the building also contains a chapel, offices for the Deans, and office for Pre-Professional Advising.

Clearly, there are many things that happen within Keating Hall. Just like the ram, Keating Hall remains a symbol of Fordham and one of the most beautiful college buildings constructed.
Fordham's Graduation Ceremony which takes places on the steps leading up to Keating


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