Historic Tate Hall at U of M Gets Renovation

March 07, 2018 06:52 PM

A building that is a fixture on the University of Minnesota campus is getting a new look.

The Minnesota Legislature provided $56.7 million of the $92.5-million cost of a renovation of Tate Hall. Private donors came up with the rest.


The building originally opened in 1927 with two additions added in the 1960s. 

It is home to the School of Earth Sciences and School of Physics and Astronomy. And anyone who takes introductory courses in the fields will spend time there. 

"A building built in 1927 could not meet the needs of 21st-century scientific research and education," Ron Polling of the School of Physics and Astronomy said.

"On the educational end, we have provided a flexible variety of teaching spaces that include large, but technologically advanced lecture halls, but also small breakout rooms." 

Students are now back roaming the halls and using the new 30 research labs, 20 teaching labs and 10 general purpose classrooms that will serve more than 5,000 students each semester. 

The public can enjoy Tate Hall as well.

The historic rooftop observatory was restored, providing more space for public stargazing. There will also be public events in the four-story center atrium with skylight. 


Lindsey Brown

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