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Widener Work Underway on the Old and New

March 15, 2011

While work is moving along rapidly on the new academic building on Widener University’s Main Campus, the portico is being rebuilt on one of its oldest buildings.

Hyatt Hall, adjacent to the new academic building, was built in the late 1860s and acquired by Pennsylvania Military College in 1917.  It served as the home of the Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School until the school’s closing in 1956. Hyatt Hall later housed the Department of Education, and after renovations in 1999, the hall still provides the home for the university’s Center for Education.  Click here to see a photo of the building in 1890 from the Delaware Historical Society and here for the Hyatt family history.

The photo above is from 10:15 a.m. today, and you can follow progress on the new academic building that will house the School of Nursing and the Oskin Leadership Institute via a live web camera.

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