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Towers Magazine – Campus Renovations

Towers Magazine – Campus Renovations


Editor's Note: This and other stories appear in the Fall 2016 edition of Towers Magazine, available online now.

The renovation of Battelle Fine Arts Center continues. In the fall 2015 issue of Towers, we showed you the new windows, made possible by the campaign donation of Otterbein alumna, Virginia Phillippi Longmire ’55. This summer brought tuck-pointing and mortar replacement, new downspouts and a refreshed patio to preserve history as well as modernize this building.

Along the way, workers uncovered architectural details from bygone eras when this space served as the student gymnasium. Carved stones above each of the four entrances remind us of the days when students and alumni rallied to build the gymnasium. They have now been restored to their former glory. Next on the list for Battelle is a complete renovation of Riley Auditorium. This work will also be supported by the campaign with a lead gift from Morton and Barbara Achter and will provide a vibrant venue for student performances, events, and meetings. Mort served as the department chair of the Department of Music from 1975-2000.

Also this summer, the Philomathean Room in Towers Hall was renovated. When the University first gave each of four literary societies their own room, students were given bare, empty spaces. Every bit of furniture, décor, lighting and other embellishments were originally funded solely by students. Now the Philomathean Room has been restored to its 19th century splendor and modernized to accommodate our 21st century needs. In addition to many touches including new carpeting and painting, the 100-year-old chairs have been repaired and re-upholstered by the same company that originally built them. Don Foster ’73 and Elizabeth Hauswald ’94 consulted in envisioning the renovation.

In the Rike Center, two former racquetball courts have been repurposed for Otterbein’s newest NCAA competitive athletic program — wrestling. Thirty students enrolled this fall to be part of the team.

Another high-profile campus enhancement is a major lighting renovation to Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall. With all new light runs and a new dimming panel that can be remotely accessed, theatre tech students will benefit from a state-of-the-art, hands-on learning environment.

 As always, alumni are invited to return to campus to visit and see these and other campus improvements.


Read the Fall 2016 edition of Towers Magazine, online now.