Inside Ben Hall

[Photo of Chemical Laboratory]

[Photo of Chemistry Lab], c. 1918, Student Announcements 1918-1919 (Source: Benedictine University Archives)

Benedictine Hall: The Center of Campus

The addition to Benedictine Hall, completed in 1913, added new science labs to the already grand building.

This photo shows St. Procopius's "Chemical Laboratory" in 1918. This room was in the 1913 addition to Benedictine Hall.

[Photo of Physical Laboratory]

[Photo of Physics Lab], c. 1918, Student Announcements 1918-1919 (Source: Benedictine University Archives)

St. Procopius's "Physical Laboratory." This equipment shown here was state-of-the-art in 1918.  

[Fr. Peter's first mass]

[Mass in chapel in Benedictine Hall], c. 1920, J-076 (Source: Benedictine University Archives)

Mass in the Chapel, located in Benedictine Hall, in 1920.

 

[Photo of classroom with students]

[Photo of Reading Room, or library], c. 1918, Student Announcements 1918-1919 (Source: Benedictine University Archives)

This photo was taken in the original library, or Reading Room, located in Ben Hall. Electricity was still rather rare in the World War One era, but this room does have electric lights.

 

[Auditorium at SPC, 1921]

[Auditorium, decorated], J-050 (Source: Benedictine University Archives)

There seems to be a "Stars and Stripes" theme in these decorations adorning the Auditorium in this 1921 photo. The streamers could easily have been red, white and blue. Perhaps this was an Armistice Day celebration. Patriotism on campus ran high during the World War One years, and an Armistice Day program would not have been unusual.