Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Dennis M. Burke Hall

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Institution Name: St. Norbert College
Original/Historic Place Name: Berne Hall
Location on Campus: cenetr of campus on the river
Date(s) of Construction:
1942original construction in September Feldhausen, Gordon J.
Designer: Gordon J. Feldhausen
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Beaux-Arts classicism, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: brick
Roof: slate
ca. 1942dining hall
ca. 1942-present (2006)residence hall

Known originally as Residence Hall, the building opened for 150 male students in September 1942. Dedication ceremonies were held October 14. It was the first St. Norbert College building erected exclusively for student housing.

In 1945 the building was given the name "Berne Hall" after the Nobertine mother abbey in Holland. On June 1, 1979 it was renamed "Dennis M. Burke Hall" after the second president of the college.


Pieters, Donald L. St. Norbert College Buildings Centennial Edition. De Pere, WI: St. Norbert College, 1998.


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