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Keane Hall, originally named Loras Hall, is currently heavily used and in good condition. Designed by E.L. Masqueray and built in 1913-1914, Keane Hall is one of the only buildings on campus built prior to World War I that is still used for its original purpose--housing. When built, Keane Hall included private living quarters for professors and students, offices, meeting rooms, a gymnasium, billiards, study halls, a library, classrooms, and modern plumbing. Keane Hall was built on one of Dubuque's finest hilltops overlooking the city and the Mississippi River. Although many renovations have taken place over the years, Keane Hall remains a housing building for many male students and currently houses the main administrative offices of the campus.
Keane Hall is composed of various types of architectural design. It is a late Victorian interpretation of the Craftsman style, with a touch of Romanesque influence. The U-shape of the tall stone foundation is typical of the institutional/factory-like features common to many buildings of this era. The chimney caps and the broad, heavy, repeating arches are typical of the Romanesque style, and the brackets, broad eaves, and flat top dormer windows are indicative of the Craftsman style.