KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — It was Western Michigan University’s original building, and Friday the university will cut the ribbon on the building that will now be known as Heritage Hall.
The building used to be known as East Hall, located on WMU’s east campus near Waldo Stadium.
It originally opened in 1905 as the school’s administration and classroom building.
Now, the renovated building will house the WMU Alumni Center.
Heritage Hall combines a lot of the history of the building, including original light fixtures and the fireplace from the old North Hall and modern amenities. It’s also expected to become Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.
East Hall was known for its view of the Kalamazoo skyline. Heritage Hall builds on that with a new ballroom that gives an even better look at the city.
“It’s going to be a great space to come and visit, and connect with your fellow alumni and the community. It has fantastic grounds where folks can walk around and see really stunning views of Kalamazoo. It will be great event space. And it’s a space for people to connect and enjoy,” said Renee Pearl, WMU director of engagement.
The building took 16 months to renovate.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Friday, and the new facility will be open to alumni for this weekend’s homecoming game.