LMU Community Says Farewell to Sullivan and Huesman Halls

Current LMU staff members and former Sullivan Hall residents say goodbye to their old dorm.
From left to right: Clementine Castro (Academic Affairs Associate for The Place Corps), Denise Folga (Director of OISS), Evanne Drucker (Campus Recreation Specialist)

On Friday, April 26, LMU students, alumni, and staff came together to celebrate the legacy of Sullivan and Huesman Halls. First opened in 1947, they served as a home away from home for 72 years of undergraduate students.

The evening featured food trucks, lawn games, a photo booth, displays telling the 72-year history of the dormitories, and the chance for attendees to leave their mark – writing their memories on the walls.

Numerous alumni reminisced about meeting their spouse or lifelong best friend in those halls, while two married Lions told the story of baptizing their son in Huesman Chapel – 18 years later, he will be an incoming freshman this fall!

Sullivan and Huesman Halls were largely built as a response to the post-WWII influx of students utilizing the G.I. Bill, and were considered the first dorms of the “modern” LMU era. They have witnessed much of LMU’s transformation over the years, including the construction of Sacred Heart Chapel and the merger of Loyola University and Marymount College into a co-ed campus.

This summer, the dormitories will be demolished to make room for new four-story premier residential facilities, that will allow LMU to provide campus housing to an additional 400 students. You can learn more about the upcoming project here.  

Huesman Hall upon its opening in 1947.